NABOKV-L post 0011945, Tue, 20 Sep 2005 20:17:18 -0700

Fwd: Re: MLA Lolita interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education

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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 06:32:03 -0800
From: Carolyn Kunin <>
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Subject: Re: MLA Lolita interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum

On the other hand, students find it easy to fall into the trap of imagining
> that they "really" know Lolita from their own lives, not just from Nabokov's
> book. (Zoran Kuzmanovich)

Dear Zoran,

Funnny, I was just thinking the other day that I do know a real-life Lolita.
Her step-father abducted her after her mother's suicide and he actually
managed to marry her morganatically (is that the word?) in Texas. She was
even younger than Lolita, eleven, when this happened. She was with him for
two years before she managed to escape.

I always adored her. She was fourteen when I first met her. A close friend
of mine was trying to adopt her and though that was unsuccessful she did
foster Tammy through middle and high schools.

Her story has a happier ending than Lolita's. Tammy is now more or less
happily married with two sons. She is a wonderful mother and I am terribly
proud to have had some small part in her upbringing.

I am amazed that Nabokov could have "known" Tammy years before I did.


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