Here are reasons for the novel's greatness:
- Writing style: complexity
- Psychological depth
- Allusions to classic literature & music (Influences)
- Stands the test of time
In his book, Vladimir Nabokov, Donald E. Morton says: "What makes Lolita something more than either a case study of sexual perversion or pornographic titillation is the truly shocking fact that Humbert Humbert is a genius who, through the power of his artistry, actually persuades the reader that his memoir is a love story."