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Study Guide for Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about Lolita, ask questions, and get the answers you need.


Book Basics

Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Year Published: 1955 (Paris); 1958 (New York)

Type: Novel

Genre: Fiction

Perspective and Narrator:

Except for the framing device in the fictional foreword, Lolita is narrated in the first person by sexual predator Humbert Humbert. Humbert is an unreliable narrator who manipulates his audience as he tries to justify his obsession with a 12-year-old girl as romantic love.


Lolita is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title:

"Lolita" is the nickname the narrator gives to the 12-year-old girl with whom he is obsessed.

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