To Become an eBook

Yes. While it has been a lovely pet project over the past couple of years, as I near the end of Dissecting Lolita I have decided to make it an ebook. It will cost some small amount, but anyone who has subscribed to the mailing list and/or donated in the past will receive it for free. Until the ebook is available, I will continue publishing a chapter per week as usual. (Why I neglected, in the very beginning, to consider that this would take 69 weeks to complete, I don't know. I can only say that mine is a literary and not a practical or marketing mind.) I will also be transitioning to, where I will provide similar but much broader and shorter analyses of the fiction I read. is live but not yet populated with content. (I do have a job, you know.) 

Statement of Intent

As the subtitle of this humble blog states, this is a writer's dissection of the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. That is to say, it is not the sort of analysis you would expect in an English class discussing themes and motifs, morals and meanings. To inspect the fascinating web of references and "Easter eggs" of the novel, I refer you to Alfred Appel, Jr.'s The Annotated Lolita. My analysis is written not with the average reader or literature student in mind, but the aspiring writer. My intention here is to focus purely on the artistry of the work, to take it apart and learn better how its skeleton, muscles, sinews, skin, and teeth operate as a seamless and sublime whole.

Donations for Dissection

This literary pursuit takes hundreds of hours of work and my nonprofit day job doesn't pay much. If you find this dissection useful or interesting, please consider buying me a cup of coffee to help me get through the next chapter. :p



My name is Stella Jones. I use my writing degree primarily as a fundraiser for a nonprofit. Dissecting Lolita is a labor of love and learning. You can reach me via email at

References and Recommended Reading

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Alfred Appel, Jr.

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