History 25/02/20 “Lolita”: that life began with the heroine of the novel Nabokov

Historians and literary critics believe that there are at least 3 stories that could become the basis of the novel of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.” The first is a clinical case of attraction to minors, as described in British doctor Hawelka Ellis, the second – the relationship between 35-year-old Charlie Chaplin and his future wife 15-year-old grey Cast, and the third kidnapping of some of Florence Horner.

proof of borrowing

the First version of what Florence Sally Horner is a prototype of Nabokov’s Lolita, suggested to Alexander Dolinin, Professor of the University of Wisconsin. Despite the fact that Nabokov himself stated that he did not know about the existence of prototypes of his characters in real life, Dolinin proved otherwise. According to the teacher, even the writer’s biographer Brian Boyd recalled how Nabokov is regularly engaged in reading criminal news in the Newspapers. In one of these notes he found information about Florence Horner.

the Federal publication of this crime is not reported, but regional media sources of inspiration was rife. It is strange that Vladimir Nabokov denied any borrowing of the plot of a fact, as the writer himself mentioned the kidnapping Horner directly on the pages of his novel: “have I Done with Dolly the same thing that Frank LaSalle, a 50-year-old mechanic, had done to 11-year-old Sally Horner in 1948?”. These are the words of the protagonist of “Lolita” Humbert.

the Abduction of Sally Horner

Florence Sally Horner was born in 1937 and lived in the city of Camden, located in the state of new Jersey. In 1948, Sally tried to make small theft: sneak out from the shop notebook. Doing it and found someone Frank LaSalle. By the way, according to Dolinina, Nabokov also drew in this story and an amazing combination of the names of the rapist and his victims: the LaSalle Sally. So the 50-year-old man convinced the girl that he is a peace officer, and that he is willing to close their eyes to misconduct Sally if she makes some conditions. In fact, Frank worked as a regular mechanic, and the conditions that he put forward, became the girl’s a real nightmare.

unfortunately, torment Sally Horner ended soon. The rapist, being afraid of responsibility for their actions, decided to escape the city along with his victim. LaSalle traveled with Sally in the States for almost 2 years. Sometimes in short periods of settlement he had even allowed the girl to visit the local school, posing as her father. One day Sally told about their secret classmate, but soon, the kidnapper once again changed the place of residence and catch him then failed. LaSalle was arrested only on March 22, 1950, after Sally Horner managed to escape from the rapist and to call home.

the death of the victim, and again the matching

Frank LaSalle was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Sally Horner finally this freedom. Unfortunately, in the wild she lived for 2 years. The girl died in a car accident near Woodbine, in the state of new York August 18, 1952. The car, which drove Sally, crashed into a parked truck near the road.

it is Noteworthy that in exactly 6 years 18 August 1958 novel by Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” was first published.

Yulia Popova

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