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"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 MoonVladimir 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.



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Sarah Weinman

Sarah Weinman is the author of The Real Lolita and editor of Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession (Ecco, 7/28/20) , Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) , and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin) . A National Magazine Award finalist in Reporting, Weinman has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and New York, among other outlets. She lives in New York City.



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