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By: Vladimir Nabokov
Genre: fiction: general fiction (novel)
Sales: 50 million
Published in: 1955 - Language: English
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Lolita is a novel written by Russian American novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, a middle-aged literature professor under the pseudonym Humbert Humbert is obsessed with a -year-old girl, Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. "Lolita" is his private nickname for Dolores. The novel was originally written in English and first published in Paris in by Olympia Press. Later it was translated into Russian by Nabokov himself and published in New York City in by Phaedra Publishers. Lolita quickly attained a classic status. The novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in , and again in by Adrian Lyne. It has also been adapted several times for the stage and has been the subject of two operas, two ballets, and an acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Broadway musical. Its assimilation into popular culture is such that the name "Lolita" has been used to imply that a young girl is sexually precocious. Lolita is included on TIME magazine's list of the best English-language novels published from to . It holds a place in the Bokklubben World Library, a collection of the most celebrated books in history. In the book was listed on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's "best-loved novels."