Vladimir Nabokov once wrote an essay about the tribulations involved in finding a publisher for Lolita. One particular editor, Nabokov recalled, “suggested that his firm might consider publication if I turned my Lolita into a twelve-year-old-lad and had him seduced by Humbert, a farmer, in a barn, amid gaunt and arid surroundings, all this set forth in short, strong, ‘realistic’ sentences (‘He acts crazy. We all act crazy, I guess. I guess God acts crazy.’...
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