Growing up in a wealthy family, Humbert meets his teenage sweetheart, Annabel Leigh, and they begin a romance but Annabel's family moves away before the adolescent couple has the opportunity to have sex. As an adult, Humbert develops a hebephilic fixation with girls ages 9 to 14 whom he refers to as nymphets.He claims the cause of his fixation is the grief he experienced over Annabel's death in his youth.Humbert recovers the letters from the accident scene and then burns them.
Later, Charlotte voices her plan to send Dolores to a boarding school when she returns from camp.
Humbert then contemplates murdering Charlotte to remain close to Dolores but stops before carrying it out.
Later it was translated into Russian by Nabokov himself and published in New York City in 1967 by Phaedra Publishers. The novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne.
It has also been adapted several times for the stage and has been the subject of two operas, two ballets, and an acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Broadway musical.
Humbert visits many prostitutes as an adult but is particularly drawn to those whom he views as nymphets.
Later, he marries a Polish woman named Valeria to allay suspicion of his hebephilia.
Upon his release, he moves to the United States to write.
Humbert fantasizes about molesting the 12-year-old daughter of the Mc Coo family from whom he agrees to rent a room in the fictional New England town of Ramsdale.
A few days later, Charlotte finds Humbert's diary and furiously confronts him, telling him he will never see Dolores again.
Charlotte then runs out of the house to mail letters she's written to friends about Humbert's obsession with Dolores but is killed by a passing car.
This causes Humbert to ejaculate in his pajama pants unbeknownst to Dolores.