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Lolita Lesson Plan

Introduction to Lolita

Originally published in 1955, Lolita is perhaps Vladimir Nabokov's most famous work. It is noteworthy for its controversial subject matter, telling the story of its unreliable narrator, a middle-aged professor going by the pseudonym Humber Humbert and his obsessive relationship with a twelve-year-old girl, which becomes sexual after he becomes her stepfather.

Nabokov originally intended to publish Lolita under a pseudonym of his own, given its subject matter, and the manuscript was turned down by a number of publishers. Finally, Nabokov managed to find a publisher in France, Olympia Press, with whom he signed a contract to publish Lolita under his own name.

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