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Nabokov, Vladimir

[ (nuh-baw-kuhf, nah-buh-kawf) ]
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A Russian-born twentieth-century American writer of poetry, short stories, and novels. His best-known work is Lolita, a satirical look at an aging professor's obsession with a twelve-year-old nymphet.

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A “Lolita” is a seductive adolescent girl.

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