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By Lucy Pollard-Gott PhD

ISBN-10: 1440154392

ISBN-13: 9781440154393

one of the most influential and engaging humans on the earth are fictional. Sherlock Holmes, Huck Finn, Pinocchio, Anna Karenina, Genji, and Superman, to call a number of, won't have walked the Earth (or flown, in Superman's case), yet they definitely stride via our lives. They impact us in my view: as adolescence associates, catalysts to our desires, or maybe myth fans. Peruvian writer and presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa, for one, confessed to a lifelong ardour for Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Characters can switch the realm. Witness the impression of Solzhenitsyn's Ivan Denisovich, in exposing the stipulations of the Soviet Gulag, or Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom, in arousing anti-slavery feeling in the United States. phrases reminiscent of quixotic, oedipal, and herculean express how fictional characters permeate our language.

This checklist of the fictitious a hundred ranks the main influential fictional folks in global literature and legend, from all time classes and from world wide, starting from Shakespeare's Hamlet [1] to Toni Morrison's cherished [100]. by means of tracing characters' various incarnations in literature, paintings, track, and picture, we achieve a feeling in their shape-shifting capability within the tradition at huge. even though now not of flesh and blood, fictional characters have a lifestyles and background in their personal. Meet those diversified and interesting humans. From the brash Hercules to the stricken Holden Caulfield, from the menacing plots of Medea to the faulty schemes of Don Quixote, the fictitious a hundred runs the gamut of heroes and villains, old and young, saints and sinners. examine them, fall in love with them, examine from their tales the different types of human experience--let them dwell in you.

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