This causes Humbert to ejaculate in his pajama pants unbeknownst to Dolores.Charlotte drives Dolores to summer camp, where Dolores will be staying for three weeks, and Charlotte leaves Humbert a letter in which she confesses that she has fallen in love with him.However, their marriage dissolves after she admits to having an affair.Afterward, Humbert suffers a mental breakdown and recovers in a psychiatric hospital for the second time in his life.It is also fourth on the Modern Library's 1998 list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century, and holds a place in the Bokklubben World Library, a 2002 collection of the most celebrated books in history.In 2003 the book was listed on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's 200 "best-loved novels." The story starts with a fictional foreword by one John Ray Jr., Ph D, an editor of psychology books.He starts a diary in which he records his obsessive, sexual thoughts about Dolores where he also expresses hateful feelings for Charlotte whom he sees as standing between himself and her daughter.One day, while left alone with Humbert, Dolores sits flirtatiously on his lap.
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.
Upon his arrival, however, he discovers that their house has burned down.
Afterward, Charlotte Haze, a wealthy Ramsdale widow, offers to accommodate him instead and Humbert visits her residence out of politeness.
Humbert recovers the letters from the accident scene and then burns them.
Later, he convinces Charlotte's friends and neighbors that he is Dolores's biological father from a previous affair.In it, Ray says he's presenting the details of a memoir entitled The Confession of a White Widowed Male written by a literary scholar of mixed European ethnicity who died recently in an American jail of heart failure while awaiting his murder trial.