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Joseph Farwell Glidden

Joseph Farwell Gliddeninventor of barbed wireBorn: 1/18/1813Birthplace: Charlestown, N.H. Glidden grew up on his father's farms in New Hampshire and (later) New York State. In 1837 he married …

Agatha Christie

Name at birth: Agatha May Clarissa MillerAgatha Christie was the world's most popular mystery author during a long career that stretched from the 1920s through the 1970s. She has sold more than two bi…

Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer PatersonAge: 71 plump TV chef who co-starred in the humorous, high-cholesterol British cooking series Two Fat Ladies. Along with co-host Clarissa Dickson Wright, Paterson toured the E…

Harlowe

(Clarissa). The heroine of Richardson's novel of that name. In order to avoid a marriage urged upon her by her parents, she casts herself on the protection of a lover, who grossly abuses th…

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is the author of several novels for younger readers, including a best-selling trilogy that began with 2008's The Hunger Games. With a college background in theater and a graduate degre…

Belford

A friend of Lovelace in Richardson's Clarissa Harlowe. These “friends” made a covenant to pardon every sort of liberty which they took with each other. Source: Dictionary of P…

Lovelace

The hero of Richardson novel called Clarissa Harlowe. He is a selfish voluptuary, a man of fashion, whose sole ambition is to ensnare female modesty and virtue Crabbe calls him “rich,…

Belinda

The heroine of Pope's serio-comical poem, entitled the Rape of the Lock. The poem is based on a real incident:- Lord Petre cut off a lock of Miss Fermor's hair, and this liberty gave rise t…

Rape of the Lock

Lord Petre, in a thoughtless moment of frolic gallantry, cut off a lock of Arabella Fermor's hair; and this liberty gave rise to a bitter feud between the two families, which Alexander Pope…

The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900

Book Magazine, now defunct, compiled a panel of 55 authors, literary agents, editors, and actors in 2002 to “rank the top one hundred characters in literature since 1900.”Jay Ga…