Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov tells the story of a pedophilic man named Humbert Humbert and his 12 year old lover, “Lolita.” The crazy protagonist travels and poses as father and daughter with Lolita for 2 years after her mother dies until she runs away. Crazy with jealousy and longing, Humbert finds her again and kills the man she left him for. His lust is described in vivid detail, as are the sexual encounters. This novel was banned for its sexual content, and was called “filth” and “sheer unrestrained pornography.” Publishers were unwilling to publish it initially, and it was only published in France. The novel was banned in England and France in 1955, and though not banned nationally in the United States, few libraries refused to put in on their shelves. All previous bans of this novel have been lifted.
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Source: Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. “Lolita.” 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. 2nd ed.New York: Checkmark, 2011. 378-81. Print.