She had to, if the girls’ club she desperately wanted to join were to accept her into its ranks.
She’d never stolen anything in her life; usually she went to that particular five-and-dime for school supplies and her favorite candy. Despite her mounting dread at breaking the law, she believed them.
After the first week, Sally said she’d be staying longer to see the Ice Follies. Ella received Sally’s final letter on July 31, 1948. Cops in Atlantic City descended upon the Pacific Street lodging house, where they learned the man called Warner had posed as Sally’s father.
They’d found enough evidence to arrest him, but it was too late: he and Sally had disappeared.
Lolita was so notorious that four American publishers refused to publish the manuscript, one saying flatly to Nabokov that, “if he printed Lolita, he and I would go to jail.” The book had a readership thanks to the French publisher Olympia Press, which printed its first, error-filled edition in 1955.
Olympia was known as much for publishing workmanlike pornography as it was for mass market, not-exactly-legal editions of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Donleavy’s The Ginger Man, and Henry Miller’s novels.
120 records in 91 cities for Esther Gonzales in Texas.
That five-cent notebook didn’t just alter Sally Horner’s own life, though: it reverberated throughout the culture, and in the process, irrevocably changed the course of 20th-century literature.
She stuffed it into her bag and sprinted away, careful to look straight ahead to the exit door.
Then, right before the getaway, came a hard tug on her arm. A slender, hawk-faced man loomed above her, iron-gray hair peeking out from underneath a wide-brimmed fedora.
The average Esther Gonzales is around 51 years of age with around 47% falling in to the age group of 51-60.
Sally Horner walked into the Woolworth’s on Broadway and Federal to steal a five-cent notebook.
She called her mother on several occasions, always from a pay station, to say she was having a swell time. Sally’s last missive was the most disturbing: she and “Warner” were leaving for Baltimore.