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Lolita Published in US

Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is the story of a middle-aged European intellectual's infatuation with a 12-year-old American "nymphet," a term Nabokov himself coined in this novel. Due to the novel's highly controversial subject matter, Nabokov initially had trouble finding a publisher for the work. Today, it is considered one of the finest novels written in the 20th century. Lolita contains a number of literary allusions to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. What are a few examples?



Light Therapy

Sometimes used to treat skin conditions, mood disorders, and sleep disorders, light therapy consists of exposure to specific wavelengths of light for a prescribed amount of time. Visible violet light is used to activate a naturally occurring compound that kills acne-causing bacteria, while sunlight-mimicking light boxes and other infrared lights are used to treat seasonal affective disorder, a winter-related depressive disorder. What travel-related affliction is also treated with light therapy?

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Alain Robbe-Grillet

Robbe-Grillet, a French novelist and filmmaker, is considered the originator of the nouveau roman, or "new novel." In this writing style, timelines and plots are fractured, and the resulting novel resembles the literary equivalent of a cubist painting. In The Erasers (1953), for example, a detective searches for the assassin in a murder that has not yet occurred, only to discover that he is destined to become the assassin. This novel is based on what legend from ancient Greece?

Last updated on Monday, 18th August 2008

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