The real Lolita : the kidnapping of Sally Horner and the novel that scandalized the world

by Weinman, Sarah,

Format: Print Book [2018]
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Summary

"The Real Lolita is a tour de force of literary detective work. Not only does it shed new light on the terrifying true saga that influenced Nabokov's masterpiece, it restores the forgotten victim to our consciousness." --David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner's full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita.

Sally Horner's story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel's creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Not only did true-crime expert Weinman find Sally Horner's nearly two-year ordeal as the captive of a child molester and rapist grimly compelling and sharply indicative of social ills, she also felt provoked by its rarely commented on role in a controversial American masterpiece. Weinman recounts with spine-straightening directness how she dug into every archive and pursued every lead to learn more about Sally and her family in Camden, New Jersey; about kidnapper and child rapist Frank La Salle; and about how he masqueraded as Sally's father in communities across the country in 1948 and 1949 until she escaped. Weinman was equally zealous in her quest to learn what Vladimir Nabokov knew about the Horner case during his long struggle to write Lolita (1955). Weinman points out the many parallels between the novel and Sally's life (so cruelly shortened after her rescue she was just 15 when she died), while chronicling Nabokov's own cross-country journeys, writing habits, and denial of the Horner connection. Weinman's sensitive insights into Horner's struggle play in stunning counterpoint to her illuminations of Nabokov's dark obsession and literary daring, and Lolita's explosive impact.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist and editor Weinman (Women Crime Writers) combines literary theory and true crime in this speculative account of the 1948 kidnapping of Sally Horner, an 11-year-old New Jersey girl who Weinman posits was the real-life inspiration for Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel. Sally Horner, like Nabokov's Dolores Haze, was abducted and taken across state lines by a pedophile who passed himself off as her father in public and abused her in private. Weinman chronicles the details of what is known about Sally's life during the nearly two years she spent captive with her abductor, Frank La Salle, before recounting her harrowing rescue and La Salle's trial and conviction for kidnapping. Alongside Sally's narrative, Weinman looks at Nabokov's process writing Lolita, which he agonized over for years and twice nearly destroyed. The book includes a few odd digressions and a fair amount of conjecture ("Perhaps Sally wondered why they were going so far out of their way.... Maybe she asked why they had to leave Atlantic City so quickly. Most likely, she kept any complaints or questions to herself"). More poignantly, Weinman argues that Nabokov and his wife, Véra-who served as her husband's spokesperson and flatly denied the use of Sally's story as inspiration for his novel-allowed Sally to be eclipsed by her fictional counterpart: Sally's life had been "strip-mined to produce the bones of Lolita." Drawing from interviews with relatives of those involved, Nabokov's personal documents, and court reporting from La Salle's trial, Weinman tells Sally's tragic story as it has never been told before, with sensitivity and depth. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Horner, Sally, -- 1937-1952.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, -- 1899-1977. -- Lolita.
Kidnapping -- United States -- Case studies.
Kidnapping victims -- United States -- Biography.
Rape -- United States -- Case studies.
Child sexual abuse -- United States -- Case studies.
Child abuse -- United States -- Case studies.
Captivity -- United States -- Case studies.
Biographies.
True crime stories.
Publisher New York, NY :[2018]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-290) and index.
ISBN 9780062661920
0062661922
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