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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Annotated Lolita Review

MSN Slate's Stephen Metcalf writes about Lolita turning 50. (Yes, months later, they're still doing pieces about it.) But, after all these years, he still gets some facts wrong. As the editors of Slate point out: "This article originally and incorrectly stated that Vladimir Nabokov gave his character Dolores Haze, aka Lolita, an IQ of 150. In fact, her IQ was 121. The sentence in question has been removed. The article also may have given the impression that Lolita was 14 years old at the beginning, or for the duration, of the book. In fact, she is 12 at the beginning and 14 when Humbert Humbert settles them in Beardsley."


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