Benson, Sean
June 2012
Renascence;Summer2012, Vol. 64 Issue 4, p353
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary critique of the book "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is presented which focuses on the book's depiction of evil compared to the moral philosophy of religious scholar St. Augustine. The author discusses the characters of Humbert Humbert and Dolores Haze, and comments on the novel's depiction of pedophilia, fatherhood, and childhood.


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