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Eikoh Hosoe

Top 100 characters in fiction

Book magazine (March/April 2002)...

o1. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925.
o2. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951.
o3. Humbert Humbert from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955.
o4. Leopold Blood from Ulysses by James Joyce, 1922.
o5. Rabbit Angstrom from Rabbit, Run by John Updike, 1960.
o6. Sherlock Holmes from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902.
o7. Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960.
o8. Molly Bloom from Ulysses by James Joyce, 1922.
o9. Stephen Dedalus from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, 1916.
1o. Lily Bart from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 1905.
11. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, 1958.
12. Gregor Samsa from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 1915.
13. The Invisible Man from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 1952.
14. Lolita from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955.
15. Aureliano Buendia from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967.
16. Clarissa Dalloway from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, 1925.
17. Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, 1980.
18. George Smiley from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre, 1974.
19. Mrs. Ramsay from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 1927.
2o. Bigger Thomas from Native Son by Richard Wright, 1940.
21. Nick Adams from In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, 1925.
22. Yossarian from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961.
23. Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1936.
24. Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960.
25. Philip Marlowe from The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 1939.
26. Kurtz from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1902.
27. Stevens from Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989.
28. Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo from The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino, 1957.
29. Winnie the Pooh from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, 1926.
3o. Oskar Matzerath from The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, 1959.
31. Hazel Motes from Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, 1952.
32. Alex Portnoy from Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, 1969.
33. Binx Bolling from The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 1961.
34. Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 1945.
35. Jeeves from My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, 1919.
36. Eugene Henderson from Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow, 1959.
37. Marcel from Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, 1913-1927.
38. Toad from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, 1908.
39. The Cat in the Hat from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1955.
4o. Peter Pan from The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie, 1902.
41. Augustus McCrae from Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, 1985.
42. Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 1930.
43. Judge Holden from Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, 1985.
44. Willie Stark from All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, 1946.
45. Stephen Maturin from Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, 1969.
46. The Little Prince from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943.
47. Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, 1952.
48. Jean Brodie from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, 1961.
49. The Whiskey Priest from The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, 1940.
5o. Neddy Merrill from The Swimmer by John Cheever, 1964.
51. Sula Peace from Sula by Toni Morrison, 1973.
52. Mersault from The Stranger by Albert Camus, 1942.
53. Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, 1926.
54. Phoebe Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951.
55. Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937.
56. Antonia Shimerda from My Antonia by Willa Cather, 1918.
57. Grendel from Grendel by John Gardner, 1971.
58. Gulley Jimson from The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary, 1944.
59. Big Brother from 1984 by George Orwell, 1949.
6o. Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, 1955.
61. Seymour Glass from Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, 1953.
62. Dean Moriarty from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, 1957.
63. Charlotte from Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, 1952.
64. T.S. Garp from The World According to Garp by John Irving, 1978.
65. Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, 1934.
66. James Bond from Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, 1953.
67. Mr. Bridge from Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell, 1959.
68. Geoffrey Firmin from Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, 1947.
69. Benjy from The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, 1929.
7o. Charles Kinbote from Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, 1926.
71. Mary Katherine Blackwood from We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, 1962.
72. Charles Ryder from Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 1945.
73. Claudine from Claudine at School by Colette, 1900.
74. Florentino Ariza from Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1985.
75. George Follansbee Babbitt from Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, 1922.
76. Christopher Tietjens from Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford, 1924-1928.
77. Frankie Addams from The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCuller, 1946.
78. The Dog of Tears from Blindness by Jose Saramago, 1995.
79. Tarzan from Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1914.
8o. Nathan Zuckerman from My Life As a Man by Philip Roth, 1979.
81. Arthur "Boo" Radley from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960.
82. Henry Chinaski from Post Office by Charles Bukowski, 1971.
83. Joseph K. from The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1925.
84. Yuri Zhivago from Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 1957.
85. Harry Potter from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, 1998.
86. Hana from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, 1992.
87. Margaret Schlegel from Howards End by E.M. Forster, 1910.
88. Jim Dixon from Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, 1954.
89. Maurice Bendrix from The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, 1951.
9o. Lennie Small from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 1937.
91. Mr. Biswas from A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul, 1961.
92. Alden Pyle from The Quiet American by Graham Greene, 1955.
93. Kimball "Kim" O'Hara from Kim by Rudyard Kipling, 1901.
94. Newland Archer from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 1920.
95. Clyde Griffiths from An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, 1925.
96. Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, 1926.
97. Quentin Compson from The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, 1929.
98. Charlie Marlow from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1902.
99. Celie from The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982.
o1oo. Augie March from The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, 1953.

I have read only nine of these books, but am sure I could come up with a
nice list myself...
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