Nabokov gained international fame with Lolita, a highly erotic and morally disturbing novel. Yet, he said in an interview: 'Let us skip sex!' a recommendation that most of his best exegetes followed all too readily. Through its comprehensive study of the amorous and sexual behaviours of Nabokov's characters this book shows how Eros, both as a clown or a pervert, contributes to the poetic excellence of his novels and accounts for the unfolding of the plots.
Nabokov presented a whole spectrum of sexual behaviours ranging from standard to perverse, either sterile like bestiality, sexual lethargy or sadism, or poetically creative, like homosexuality, nympholeptcy and incest. He made countless statements about Lolita and his other novels to deny that he was interested in sex; the epilogue shows him battling with censorship and self-censorship, a strategy which indirectly contributes to outlining his authorial figure in the reader's mind.