Lolita (1955) Vladimir Nabokov's novel popularized the term "nymphet" and brought to the fore Western -- and specifically American -- society's troubled view of the teen-girl. The archetypal image of the nymphet remains 14 year-old Sue Lyon, starring as Lolita in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film adaptation, sucking on a Lollipop behind her heart-shaped sunglasses. Whether Lolita is the aggressor, or the victim, has been a matter of debate in the decades since the release of the book and film. Its themes were resurrected and placed in middle-class American for 1999s American Beauty.
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