Characters Summaries

All the King’s Men Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1946 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social realism Time of work: Late 1920’s and early 1930’s Locale: The Southern United States Characters Discussed Willie Stark Willie All the King’s MenStark, called “the Boss,” the governor of the state. A relentless, unyielding man, Willie has the capacity and the will to break […]

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All That Fall Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First produced: 1957, BBC Third Programme, London First published: 1957 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Absurdist Time of work: The 1950’s Locale: County Dublin, Ireland Characters Discussed Mrs. Rooney Mrs. All That FallRooney, a woman in her seventies in poor health, weighing more than two hundred pounds. Mrs. Rooney’s trip to meet her […]

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All Our Yesterdays Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Tutti i nostri ieri, 1952 (English translation, Dead Yesterdays, 1956; better known as All Our Yesterdays) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Domestic realism Time of work: The late 1930’s through the end of World War II Locale: Italy Characters Discussed Anna Anna, All Our Yesterdaysa plump, pale girl of fourteen, the […]

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All Quiet on the Western Front Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Im Westen nichts Neues serial, 1928; book, 1929 (English translation, 1929) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Historical realism Time of work: World War I Locale: France and Germany Characters Discussed Paul Bäumer Paul All Quiet on the Western FrontBäumer (powl BOY-mehr), a nineteen-year-old soldier in the German army during World War […]

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All My Sons Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1947 First produced: 1947, at the Coronet Theatre, New York City Type of work: Play Type of plot: Psychological realism Time of work: The late 1940’s Locale: An American town Characters Discussed Joe Keller Joe All My SonsKeller, a middle-aged factory owner of working-class background. He is a plain, inarticulate man with a […]

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All Men Are Enemies Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1933 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Bildungsroman Time of work: 1900-1914, 1919, and 1926-1927 Locale: England, Italy, Austria, and France Characters Discussed Antony Clarendon Antony All Men Are EnemiesClarendon, a sensitive, idealistic youth. He was reared in a traditional English upper-class home, its values so secure he assumed that this contented […]

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All Men Are Brothers Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First transcribed: Shuihu zhuan, earlist version, c. thirteenth century; fuller text versions by sixteenth century (English translation, 1933; also translated as Water Margin) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Adventure Time of work: Thirteenth century or earlier Locale: China Characters Discussed Sung Chiang Sung All Men Are BrothersChiang, the greatest of the warrior chiefs […]

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All Hallows’ Eve Characters

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First published: 1945 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Allegory Time of work: October, 1945 Locale: London, England Characters Discussed Lester Furnival Lester All Hallows’ EveFurnival, who lives beyond the grave. At the age of twenty-five, Lester, Richard’s wife, is killed in a freak accident. Newly dead, she haunts the earthly London in its […]

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All Green Shall Perish Characters

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First published: Todo verdor perecer´, 1941 (English translation, 1966) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Existentialism Time of work: c. 1940 Locale: Argentina Characters Discussed ´gata Cruz ´gata All Green Shall PerishCruz (AH-gah-tah krews), the protagonist, a once strikingly beautiful, fair-skinned, dark-haired woman, grown pallid and harder-featured from the frustration of her barren fifteen […]

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All God’s Chillun Got Wings Characters

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First produced: 1924, at the Provincetown Playhouse, New York City First published: 1924, in All God’s Chillun Got Wings and Welded Type of work: Play Type of plot: Tragedy Time of work: c.1898-1915 Locale: Lower Manhattan, New York Characters Discussed Jim Harris Jim All God’s Chillun Got WingsHarris, an African American who dreams of becoming […]

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All for Love Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First produced: 1677 First published: 1678 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Tragedy Time of work: First century b.c.e. Locale: Alexandria, Egypt Characters Discussed Mark Antony Mark All for LoveAntony, a Roman triumvirate who, in his role of leader, is caught between concern for his people and his love for a woman. Antony shows […]

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All Fools Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First produced: 1604 First published: 1605 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Comedy Time of work: Sixteenth century Locale: Italy Characters Discussed Gostanzo Gostanzo, All Foolsa stern Florentine gentleman. He believes his son Valerio to be a shy, industrious farmer and contrasts his virtues with the supposed aberrations of Fortunio, counseling strong punishment for […]

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All Fall Down Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1960 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Bildungsroman Time of work: Late 1950’s Locale: Cleveland, Ohio Characters Discussed Clinton Williams Clinton All Fall DownWilliams, the viewpoint character and narrator of portions of the story through his journal. He is approximately sixteen years old during most of the action in the novel. Like […]

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All-Bright Court Characters

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First published: 1991 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Realism Time of work: The 1960’s and the 1970’s Locale: Lackawanna, New York Characters Discussed Samuel Taylor Samuel All-Bright CourtTaylor, an African American man from Tupelo, Mississippi, who goes north in search of personal freedom and economic betterment. Samuel is a hardworking man, a devoted […]

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There (1871 but dated 1872) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Fantasy Time of work: Victorian England Locale: The dream world of an imaginative child Characters Discussed Alice Alice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlanda curious, imaginative, strong-willed, and honest young […]

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Alice Adams Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1921 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social Time of work: Early twentieth century Locale: A small Midwestern town Characters Discussed Alice Adams Alice Alice AdamsAdams, a dreamer whose family is not rich enough to send her to college. She tries to attract attention by affected mannerisms. Disappointed in every ambition, she […]

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The Alexandria Quartet Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1962 (includes Justine, 1957; Balthazar, 1958; Mountolive, 1958; Clea, 1960) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Psychological realism Time of work: Before and during World War II Locale: Alexandria, Egypt, and its environs; and an island in the Cyclades Characters Discussed Justine, 1957 The narrator The Alexandria Quartet, Thenarrator, identified as L. […]

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Aleck Maury, Sportsman Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1934 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social realism Time of work: Late nineteenth, early twentieth centuries Locale: Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Missouri Characters Discussed Aleck Maury Aleck Aleck Maury, SportsmanMaury, a Southern sportsman. Trained in the classics by his father and his aunt and further educated at the University of Virginia, […]

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The Alchemist Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First produced: 1610 First published: 1612 Type of work: Drama Type of plot: Comedy of manners Time of work: Early seventeenth century Locale: London, England Characters Discussed Subtle Subtle, Alchemist, Thethe Alchemist, a moldy, disreputable cheat. Joining forces with Jeremy Butler and Dol Common, he uses his fund of scientific and pseudo-scientific jargon to fleece […]

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Alcestis Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First transcribed: Alkēstis, 438 b.c.e. (English translation, 1781) Type of work: Drama Type of plot: Tragicomedy Time of work: Remote antiquity Locale: Pherae, in ancient Greece Characters Discussed Admetus Admetus Alcestis (ad-MEE-tus), of Pherae, the king of Thessaly. Because of his fair and friendly treatment of Apollo, placed at Admetus’ mercy for punishment by Zeus, […]

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Alburquerque Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1992 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Magical realism Time of work: 1992 Locale: Albuquerque, New Mexico Characters Discussed Abr´n Gonz´lez Abr´n AlburquerqueGonz´lez (ah-BRAHN gohn-SAH-lehs), a twenty-one-year-old boxer from the barrio who has given up fighting because he feels responsible for the death of a sparring partner. Abr´n learns that he was […]

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Ajax Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First transcribed: Aias, early 440’s b.c.e. (English translation, 1729) Type of work: Drama Type of plot: Tragedy Time of work: The Trojan War Locale: Phrygia, before Troy Characters Discussed Ajax Ajax Ajax (AY-jaks), the son of Telamon and, excepting Achilles, the strongest and bravest of the Greeks who fought to win Troy. After Achilles was […]

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L’Aiglon Characters

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First produced: 1900 First published: 1900 Type of work: Drama Type of plot: Historical Time of work: 1830-1832 Locale: Austria Characters Discussed Franz Franz, Aiglon, L’the duke of Reichstadt, called L’Aiglon, Na-poleon’s son, a weak and idealistic youth. He dreams of returning to France as emperor, but he is in delicate health. He plans an […]

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The Agony and the Ecstasy Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1961 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Biographical Time of work: 1487-1564 Locale: Italy, particularly Florence and Rome Characters Discussed Michelangelo Buonarroti Michelangelo Agony and the Ecstasy, TheBuonarroti (mi-kehl-AN-gehl-oh bwon-ah-ROH-tee), a skinny, unsociable thirteen-year-old who, as the action of the novel begins, wishes he could redraft his facial features with a crayon. […]

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Agents and Patients Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1936 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Picaresque Time of work: The 1930’s Locale: London, England; Paris, France; and Berlin, Germany Characters Discussed Blore-Smith Blore-Smith, Agents and Patientsa young law student. He has big brown eyes, huge ears, a shapeless face, and a speech impediment; he is naïve and inexperienced. He recently […]

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The Age of Wonders Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Tor-ha-pela’ot, 1978 (English translation, 1981) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social morality Time of work: 1938-1969 Locale: Provincial Austria Characters Discussed Bruno A. Bruno Age of Wonders, TheA., called the Son, who in 1938 is a twelve-year-old schoolboy. He looks on helplessly and with only partial comprehension as his family and […]

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The Age of Innocence Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1920 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social realism Time of work: Late nineteenth century Locale: New York City Characters Discussed Newland Archer Newland Age of Innocence, TheArcher, a young lawyer who is a member of New York’s high society. Married to May Welland, a girl from his own class, he falls […]

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Against the Grain Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: à rebours, 1884 (English translation, 1922) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Black humor Time of work: 1880’s Locale: A villa overlooking Fontenay-aux-Roses in Paris Characters Discussed Jean Des Esseintes Jean Against the GrainDes Esseintes (day zeh-SAHNT), the last descendant of a family of French aristocrats that has long been in decline, […]

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The Afternoon of a Faun Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: L’Après-midi d’un faune, 1876 (English translation, 1958); collected in An Anthology of French Poetry from Nerval to Valéry in English Translation with French Originals, 1958 Type of work: Poetry Type of plot: Fable Time of work: Indeterminate Locale: Indeterminate Characters Discussed The Faun The Afternoon of a Faun, TheFaun, the hero and narrator. […]

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Afternoon Men Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1931 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social satire Time of work: The 1920’s Locale: The Soho area of London, England Characters Discussed William Atwater William Afternoon MenAtwater, the protagonist, a young museum official. He has straw-colored hair, sometimes wears tortoiseshell-rimmed spectacles, and has long, slender legs. His father is a retired […]

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After the Fall Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1964 First produced: 1964, at Lincoln Center, New York City Type of work: Play Type of plot: Expressionism Time of work: The 1950’s Locale: New York City Characters Discussed Quentin Quentin, After the Falla lawyer who agonizes over his past–the failure of his two marriages, unhappy childhood experiences, the political witch-hunts in the […]

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After the Banquet Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Utage no ato, 1960 (English translation, 1963) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Satire Time of work: The late 1950’s Locale: Tokyo, Japan Characters Discussed Kazu Fukuzawa Kazu After the BanquetFukuzawa, owner of the After the Show Retreat in Setsugoan. Kazu lives remote from civilized and noisy life, on the high grounds […]

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After Many a Summer Dies the Swan Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1939 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Satire Time of work: The late 1930’s Locale: Southern California Characters Discussed Jeremy Pordage Jeremy After Many a Summer Dies the SwanPordage, an Englishman hired to work for six months in California cataloging the Hauberk papers, twenty-seven crates of fragments of English history relating to […]

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Aesop’s Fables Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First transcribed: Aesopea, fourth century b.c.e. (English translation, 1484) Type of work: Short fiction Type of plot: Fable Time of work: Antiquity Locale: Undefined Characters Discussed The fox The Aesop’s Fablesfox, who appears the most frequently of all the animals in Aesop’s fables. Although usually representing cunning, deceit, or treachery, the fox also occasionally serves […]

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The Aerodrome Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1941 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Allegory Time of work: Shortly after the start of World War II Locale: An English village Characters Discussed Roy Roy, Aerodrome, Thethe supposed son of the Rector and his wife. Roy (though athletic and educated at home) is a typical village inhabitant of undeveloped character. […]

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Aeneid Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First transcribed: c. 29-19 b.c.e. (English translation, 1553) Type of work: Poetry Type of plot: Epic Time of work: The period immediately following the Trojan War Locale: The Mediterranean Characters Discussed Aeneas Aeneas Aeneid (ee-NEE-uhs), the legendary progenitor of the Roman rulers whose son Ascanius, in fulfillment of a prophecy, founded Alba Longa and whose […]

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1876; illustrated Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Adventure Time of work: The 1840’s Locale: St. Petersburg, Missouri Characters Discussed Tom Sawyer Tom Adventures of Tom Sawyer, TheSawyer, the mischievous ringleader of countless boyish adventures, who almost drives his long-suffering aunt to distraction with his pranks. When not fighting with other village […]

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The Adventures of Roderick Random Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1748 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Picaresque Time of work: Eighteenth century Locale: England Characters Discussed Roderick Random Roderick Adventures of Roderick Random, TheRandom, familiarly called Rory, a reckless and restless young man whose experiences parallel to a certain extent those of the author himself. Rory’s mother dies when he is […]

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The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle Characters

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First published: The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, in Which Are Included Memories of a Lady of Quality, 1751 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Picaresque Time of work: Early eighteenth century Locale: England and the Continent Characters Discussed Peregrine Pickle Peregrine Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, ThePickle, called Perry in his younger days, a headstrong, […]

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1884 (1885; United States); revised new edition, 2001 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Time of work: Mid-nineteenth century Locale: On and around the Mississippi River Characters Discussed Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Adventures of Huckleberry FinnFinn, a small-town boy living along the banks of the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. Perhaps […]

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The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1824 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Picaresque Time of work: Early nineteenth century Locale: Persia Characters Discussed Hajji Baba Hajji Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, TheBaba, the son of a barber of Ispahan, who learns his father’s trade and many Persian tales and quotations. He becomes an early nineteenth century […]

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The Adventures of Augie March Characters

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First published: 1953 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Picaresque Time of work: 1920’s-the 1940’s Locale: Primarily Chicago, Illinois Characters Discussed Augie March Augie Adventures of Augie March, TheMarch, the narrator and main character of the story, which tells about his childhood and youth and about learning what it is to be a man. […]

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The Admirable Crichton Characters

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First produced: 1902 First published: 1914 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Satire Time of work: Early twentieth century Locale: Loam House, Mayfair, England; and a desert island Characters Discussed William (Bill) Crichton William Admirable Crichton, The (Bill) Crichton, the butler to the earl of Loam. Stuffy, honest, and efficient, Crichton has one complaint […]

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The Adding Machine Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First produced: 1923, at the Garrick Theatre, New York City First published: 1923 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Expressionism Time of work: The early 1920’s Locale: The United States Characters Discussed Mr. Zero Mr. Adding Machine, TheZero, a small, thin, sallow, and partially bald man in his late forties or early fifties. For […]

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Adam Bede Characters

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First published: 1859 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Domestic realism Time of work: 1799 Locale: England Characters Discussed Adam Bede Adam Adam BedeBede, an intelligent young carpenter respected by everyone in the village of Hayslope. He is honored when Arthur Donnithorne, the young heir to Donnithorne Chase, has him put in charge of […]

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The Abbess of Crewe Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1974 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Satire Time of work: The early 1970’s Locale: Crewe, England Characters Discussed Alexandra Alexandra, Abbess of Crewe, Thethe recently elected Abbess of Crewe, a Roman Catholic Benedictine abbey in the English Midlands. Tall and slender, with white skin and light eyes, the forty-two-year-old abbess bears […]

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The Abbé Constantin Characters

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First published: 1882 (English translation, 1882) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Love Time of work: 1881 Locale: France Characters Discussed The Abbé Constantin The Abbé Constantin, TheAbbé Constantin, the elderly curé of the parish near the Chateau Longueval. He is a kindly, thoughtful man. Among his good works is the rearing of the […]

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Ada or Ardor Characters

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First published: 1969 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Parody Time of work: 1850-1965 Locale: Antiterra or Demonia Characters Discussed Ivan (Van) Veen Ivan Ada or Ardor (Van) Veen (ih-VAHN), the fastidious, rakish scion of an aristocratic family. He matures from schoolboy to scholar of psychiatry to retired traveler. Although he has many sexual […]

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Across the River and into the Trees Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1950 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Realism Time of work: Winter, 1949 Locale: Venice, Italy, and the surrounding area Characters Discussed Richard Cantwell Richard Across the River and into the TreesCantwell, a colonel in the U.S. Army Infantry who is dying of heart failure after fighting in World War II. A […]

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Across Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Der Chinese des Schmerzes, 1983 (English translation, 1986) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Philosophical Time of work: The early 1980’s Locale: A suburb of Salzburg, Austria Characters Discussed Andreas Loser Andreas AcrossLoser, a teacher of ancient languages at a high school in a suburb of Salzburg, Austria, and an amateur archaeologist […]

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Acquainted with Grief Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: La cognizione del dolore, 1938-1941, serial; 1963, book; 1970, expanded (English translation, 1969, expanded) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Antistory Time of work: 1925-1933 Locale: The mythical city of Pastrufazio in Maradagàl, South America Characters Discussed Gonzalo Pirobutirro de Eltino Gonzalo Acquainted with GriefPirobutirro de Eltino (gohn-ZAH-loh pee-roh-bew-TEE-rroh day ehl-TEE-noh), a […]

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The Acolyte Characters

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First published: 1972 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Allegory Time of work: The early 1950’s to late 1960’s Locale: Australia Characters Discussed Jack Holberg Jack Acolyte, TheHolberg, a blind musician who becomes Australia’s major composer. In his early forties by the time the novel concludes, Holberg is a handsome, powerfully built man whose […]

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The Acharnians Characters

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First produced: Acharnēs, 425 b.c.e. (English translation, 1812) First published: 425 b.c.e. Type of work: Play Type of plot: Satire Time of work: The period of the Peloponnesian War, 431-404 b.c.e. Locale: Athens Characters Discussed Dicaeopolis Dicaeopolis Acharnians, The (dih-kee-AH-poh-lihs), an Athenian farmer whose name means “honest citizen,” a shrewd, earthy man who has had […]

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The Accidental Tourist Characters

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First published: 1985 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Psychological realism Time of work: The 1980’s Locale: Baltimore, Maryland Characters Discussed Macon Leary Macon Accidental Tourist, TheLeary, the protagonist and narrator. Macon Leary works as a travel writer for a series of books each containing “The Accidental Tourist” in the title. He hates traveling, […]

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First produced: 1970, at the Capanonne of Via Colletta, Milan, Italy First published: Morte accidentale di un anarchico, 1970 (English translation, 1979) Type of work: Play Type of plot: Social satire Time of work: 1970 Locale: Milan, Italy Characters Discussed Maniac Maniac, Accidental Death of an Anarchista shabbily dressed man with wild hair, thin spectacles, […]

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The Accident Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: Le Jour, 1961 (English translation, 1962) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Psychological realism Time of work: The 1950’s Locale: New York City Characters Discussed Eliezer Eliezer, Accident, Thethe narrator, a journalist of Eastern European birth. After losing his entire family in the Holocaust, Eliezer has immigrated to Paris, then to New […]

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The Abyss Characters

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First published: L’Œuvre au noir, 1968 (English translation, 1976) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Historical realism Time of work: 1510-1569 Locale: Europe Characters Discussed Zeno Zeno Abyss, The (zeh-NOH), an alchemist, physician, and philosopher. At the beginning of the novel, Zeno is a wildly attractive twenty-year-old student of theology, tall and slim, pale, […]

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Absurd Person Singular Characters

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First produced: 1972, at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, England First published: 1974 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Farce Time of work: The 1970’s Locale: England Characters Discussed Sidney Hopcroft Sidney Absurd Person SingularHopcroft, an up-and-coming businessman in his thirties who starts out running a general store but successfully expands into real estate development. […]

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The Absentee Characters

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First published: 1812 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Social realism Time of work: Early nineteenth century Locale: England and Ireland Characters Discussed Lord Clonbrony Lord Absentee, TheClonbrony, an owner of large estates in Ireland who absents himself to live in London. He is ignored in fashionable circles, travels with questionable associates, and gets […]

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Absalom and Achitophel Characters

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First published: 1681 Type of work: Poetry Type of plot: Satire Time of work: Late seventeenth century Locale: London, England Characters Discussed David David, Absalom and Achitophelthe king of Israel, a poetic representation of Charles II, king of England. Many dissatisfied Jews (Whigs) wish to rebel against him and secure the succession of his illegitimate […]

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Absalom, Absalom! Characters

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First published: 1936 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Psychological realism Time of work: 1807-1910 Locale: Mississippi Characters Discussed Thomas Sutpen Thomas Absalom, Absalom!Sutpen, the owner of Sutpen’s Hundred in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Born of a poor white family in the mountains of Western Virginia, he grows up to become an ambitious man of […]

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Abraham and Isaac Characters

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First produced: Fifteenth century Type of work: Play Type of plot: Mystery and miracle play Time of work: Biblical antiquity Locale: Beersheba Characters Discussed Abraham Abraham, Abraham and Isaacthe willing servant of God. In spite of internal conflict, on the angel’s command he prepares to sacrifice his beloved young son. His long speeches and prayers […]

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Abel Sánchez Characters

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First published: Abel Sanchez: Una historia de pasion, 1917 (English translation, 1947) Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Psychological Time of work: Unspecified Locale: Spain Characters Discussed Joaquín Monegro Joaquín Abel SánchezMonegro (wah-KEEN mohn-AY-groh), a physician and scientist, an accomplished orator, and a lifelong friend and secret enemy of Abel Sánchez. In this parable […]

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois Characters

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First produced: 1938 First published: 1939 Type of work: Play Type of plot: Historical Time of work: 1831-1861 Locale: New Salem and Springfield, Illinois Characters Discussed Abe Lincoln Abe Abe Lincoln in IllinoisLincoln, who, at the age of twenty-two in 1831, is an awkward, melancholy young backwoodsman with no particular ambition. By 1861, he is […]

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The Abduction Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1971 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Psychological realism Time of work: The 1960’s Locale: The northeastern United States Characters Discussed Lucy Starr Lucy Abduction, TheStarr, a forty-two-year-old educational consultant, teacher, and social activist. Lucy is the reader’s point-of-view character for most of the novel, excepting those elements told through Theodore’s interior […]

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Aaron’s Rod Characters

  • Last updated on December 8, 2021

First published: 1922 Type of work: Novel Type of plot: Tragicomedy Time of work: December 24, 1919 to November, 1920 Locale: England and Italy Characters Discussed Aaron Sisson Aaron Aaron’s RodSisson, a well-educated young man who decides not to teach but instead to return to the coal mine as a secretary to a miners’ union. […]

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