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Alden Pyle
The Quiet American
Alex Portnoy
Portnoy's Complaint
Arthur “Boo” Radley
To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird
Augustus McCrae
Lonesome Dove
The Sound and the Fury
Bigger Thomas
Native Son
Binx Bolling
The Moviegoer
Charles Kinbote
Pale Fire
Christopher Tietjens
Parade's End
Clyde Griffiths
An American Tragedy
Dean Moriarty
On the Road
Eugene Henderson
Henderson the Rain King
Geoffrey Firmin
Under the Volcano
George Smiley
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Gregor Samsa
The Metamorphosis
Henry Chinaski
Post Office
Holden Caulfield
The Catcher in the Rye
Ignatius Reilly
A Confederacy of Dunces
Jake Barnes
The Sun Also Rises
James Bond
Casino Royale
Jay Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
My Man Jeeves
Joseph K.
The Trial
Lennie Small
Of Mice and Men
Leopold Bloom
Maurice Bendrix
The End of the Affair
Nathan Zuckerman
My Life as a Man
Neddy Merrill
The Swimmer
Newland Archer
The Age of Innocence
Nick Adams
In Our Time
Oskar Matzerath
The Tin Drum
Peter Pan
The Little White Bird
Philip Marlowe
The Big Sleep
Quentin Compson
The Sound and the Fury
Rabbit Angstrom
Rabbit, Run
Sam Spade
The Maltese Falcon
The Old Man and the Sea
Seymour Glass
Nine Stories
Sebastian Flyte
Brideshead Revisited
Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Stephen Dedalus
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Tarzan of the Apes
Tom Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Willie Stark
All the King's Men
Yuri Zhivago
Dr. Zhivago
Ántonia Shimerda
My Ántonia
Aureliano Buendia
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Celie (no last name)
The Color Purple
Clarissa Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
Claudine (no last name)
Claudine at School
Daisy Buchanan
The Great Gatsby
Frankie Addams
The Member of the Wedding
The English Patient
Hazel Motes
Wise Blood
Holly Golightly
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Janie Crawford
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Lily Bart
House of Mirth
Margaret Schlegel
Howards End
Mary Katherine Blackwood
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Molly Bloom
Nora Charles
The Thin Man
Phoebe Caulfield
The Catcher in the Rye
Scout Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird
Sula Peace
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