Lolita (1955) is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The book is internationally famous for its innovative flow and infamous for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle-aged Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed and sexually involved with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze.
Soon after its publication, Nabokov’s Lolita attained a cult classic status, becoming one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature. The name “Lolita” has entered pop culture to describe a sexually precocious adolescent girl. The novel was adapted to film in 1962 and again in 1997.
Lolita is considered to be one of the Best English-language Novels.
Nabokov wrote Lolita while traveling on butterfly-collection trips in the western United States that he undertook every summer. Nabokov attempted to burn unfinished drafts of Lolita and fortunately for us was stopped by a friend of his.