Few modern authors can boast Nabokov's critical reception or his sphere of influence. His every word was a joy to read. Here, the opening lines from Lolita, perhaps his most famous: "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta."
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