Madame Bovary, C'est Moi: The Great Characters of Literature and Where They Came From
Andre BernardISBN: 0393051811;
Andre Bernard explores the struggles and inspirations that gave birth to the great writers' most memorable creations. A delightful compendium of wit and information, this book takes us on a casual stroll through literary history as the world's most successful writers sought just the right name or just the right tone or just the right prop for the hero or heroine of their works. He looks at whether Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was based on a real person, why Agatha Christie made Hercule Poirot a Belgian, why Long John Silver was missing a foot and the circumstances under which J.R.R.Tolkien conceived of a "hobbit". In this charming collection of anecdotes, we are taken to the very heart of the mystery of literary creation. As Virginia Woolf wrote, "If the characters are real the novel will have a chance."
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