The Copycat Lolita


A few weeks before Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita came out, the New Yorker published a short story about a man consorting with a young woman named Lolita instead of her mother—but this story was by Dorothy Parker, whose career was entering its last-gasp phase.

Wait, what? Really?

Vulture explains how coincidence, indiscretion, and “an opportunity to sting the current ‘golden boy’ of the New Yorker combined to bring Lolita’s twin into the world.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →