Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg was recently vandalized by the ultraconservative St. Petersburg Cossacks for promoting pedophilia. Although Lolita could have been more moral (e.g. Humbert could have tried to (illegally) marry 12-year-old Lola), the novel doesn't appear to promote pedophilia, but it does exemplify the allure of nymphets.
Ironically, if Nabakov would have written the novel approximately 50 years earlier (Lolita was published in 1955.) or even made the setting in the late 1800s, Lola would have been of legal age, because the age-of-consent in most states was 10 before the turn of the 20th century.