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In the last pages of part 1 of Nabokov's Lolita Humbert relates Dolores's description of her own previous sexual experiences, in the course of which she mentions ways in which some of her coevals at school had been "pretty bad." She implies that by the end of 6th grade several of the class had experience of sexual intercourse. My own prejudices concerning the not famously permissive 1940s would not have led me to expect this.

I would be curious to discover any evidence concerning the actual level of sexual development and experience shown by New England 6th graders in the 1940s, and consequently whether Nabokov might have drawn inspiration from actual knowledge of the normal experience of such children, as well as any theories on whether it was the author's intention that the reader should accept Lolita's portrait of her pre-adolescent milieu as plausible, or whether it is deliberately surprising.

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    Hi and welcome to Literature Stack Exchange. You have submitted an interesting question, but it appears to be asking for purely historical information, which is more the domain of History Stack Exchange. I feel the question would be more on topic here, if you asked whether Nabokov drew inspiration from the real experience of children in New England during in the 1940s. Where an author draws his/her inspiration from is an excellent literary question.
    – Tsundoku
    Apr 22 '20 at 9:47
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    Martin Amis notes, in his "Visiting Mrs Nabokov", as one of the most "grossly personal questions" journalists would ask: 'Mrs Nabokov, did you ever meet the real Lolita?'
    – Jos
    Apr 22 '20 at 10:57
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    Ah - well, I think some might consider it relevant here, so let's leave it here for a bit and see if it gets an answer, if that's OK.
    – user9909
    Apr 22 '20 at 11:14
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    I personally think it's a fine question for here, as it is history relevant to literature. FWIW, there is also a Sexuality SE. :-P Just to add more options. Apr 22 '20 at 12:05
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    @SeanDuggan There isn't (unless you mean Interpersonal Skills where this definitely wouldn't be on-topic). I think Sexuality SE failed in private beta, possibly more than once - it never reached public stage, and its last private beta must have been several years ago.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Apr 22 '20 at 13:36

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