Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends

Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends

by Alberto Manguel


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“In art and words, a book lover honors the characters he can’t forget.”—New York Times Book Review

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300255355
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor, and critic, but would rather define himself as a reader. His previous books include The Library at Night and Packing My Library.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Monsieur Bovary 1

Little Red Riding Hood 5

Dracula 11

Alice 15

Faust 23

Gertrude 27

Superman 33

Don Juan 39

Lilith 43

The Wandering Jew 49

Sleeping Beauty 53

Phoebe 59

Hsing-chen 65

Jim 71

The Chimera 79

Robinson Crusoe 85

Queequeg 93

Tyrant Banderas 99

Cide Hamete Benegeli 107

Job 117

Quasimodo 123

Casaubon 129

Satan 137

The Hippogriff 143

Captain Nemo 147

Frankenstein's Monster 153

Sandy 159

Jonah 165

Dona Emilia 179

The Wendigo 183

Heidi's Grandfather 187

Clever Elsie 191

Long John Silver 195

Karagöz and Hacivat 201

Émile 207

Sinbad 213

Wakefield 217

Sources 223

Acknowledgments 229

Credits 230

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