Fabulous monsters : Dracula, Alice, Superman, and other literary friends / Alberto Mangue ; with illustration by the author.
By: Manguel, Alberto.
Contributor(s): Manguel, Alberto [illustrator.].Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019Description: xxiii, 230 pages : ill. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780300247381 : (pbk.).Uniform titles: Essays. Selections Subject(s): Alice (Fictitious character from Carroll) Alice in Wonderland | Juan, Don (Legendary character) Don Juan | Frankenstein, Victor (Fictitious character) | Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 Dracula -- Citicism and interpretation | Quasimodo, Salvatore, 1901-1968 | Authors, Canadian -- 20th century -- Books and reading | Characters and characteristics in literature | Books and reading -- Sociological aspects | Books and reading -- Fiction | Fairy tales -- Fiction. -- AppreciationDDC classification: 818.607
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Monsieur Bovary -- Little Red Riding Hood -- Dracula -- Alice -- Faust -- Gertrude -- Superman -- Don Juan -- Lilith -- The wandering Jew -- Sleeping Beauty -- Phoebe -- Hsing-chen -- Jim -- The chimera -- Robinson Crusoe -- Queequeg -- Tyrant Banderas
An original look at how literary characters can transcend their books to guide our lives, by one of the world's most eminent bibliophiles
Alberto Manguel, in a style both charming and erudite, examines how literary characters live with us from childhood on. Throughout the years, they change their identities and emerge from behind their stories to teach us about the complexities of love, loss, and the world itself. Manguel’s favorite characters include Jim from Huckleberry Finn, Phoebe from The Catcher in the Rye, Job and Jonah from the Bible, Little Red Riding Hood and Captain Nemo, Hamlet’s mother, and Dr. Frankenstein’s maligned Monster. Sharing his unique powers as a reader, Manguel encourages us to establish our own literary relationships. An intimate preface and Manguel’s own “doodles” complete this delightful and magical book.