Fabulous Monsters Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends Alberto Manguel

Publication date:
23 Jul 2019
Yale University Press
256 pages: 197 x 152mm
38 b-w illus.

An original look at how literary characters can transcend their books to guide our lives, by one of the world's most eminent bibliophiles

Charmingly written in his signature engaging erudite style, Alberto Manguel examines how literary characters can have changing identities, and can suddenly shift from behind their conventional stories to teach us about the complexities of love, loss, and life.

In this personal reckoning with his favorite characters, including Jim from Huckleberry Finn, Phoebe from The Catcher in the Rye, Job and Jonah from the Bible, Quasimodo, the Hippogriff, Little Red Riding Hood, Captain Nemo, Hamlet’s mother, and Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster, the author shares his unique powers as a reader, encouraging us to establish our own unique literary relationships. An intimate introduction and Manguel’s own “doodles” complete this delightfully magical book.

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. Born in Buenos Aires, he now lives in New York City.