Our Favorite Literary Characters

Marin Academy’s 21st annual Literary Festival will be held next week and the schedule boasts a number of highly anticipated speakers including alumni Laura Cogan ’99 and Avery Monsen ’02, screenwriter Peter Bratt, and authors Luis Rodriguez and Joyce Carol Oates.  For more information, visit www.ma.org/litfest

In anticipation of LitFest, our faculty and staff shared their very favorite characters from the world of fiction.  Have you read these loved works?  Share your favorite characters in the comments below!

Atreyu/Bastian, The Neverending Story.  –Anayansi Arranda-Yee, World Languages

Ignatius J. Reilly, A Confederacy of Dunces.  –Derek Anderson, Library Director & History Teacher

Andy Palmer, Generation X.  –Barry Beach, Visual Arts

Tom Bombadil, The Lord of the Rings.  –Jared Baird, English

Modesty Blaise, Pieces of Modesty.  –Katherine Boyd, Visual Arts

Farebrother, Middlemarch.  –Travis Brownley, Head of School

Zoyd Wheeler, Vineland.  –Trevor Calvert, Librarian

Louis Zamperini, Unbroken.  –Mary Collie, English

Edmond Dantès, The Count of Monte Cristo.  –Jen Cote, Mathematics

Charles Kinbote, Pale Fire.  –Annie Elias, Performing Arts

Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray.  –Josh Frechette, Athletic Director

Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice.  –Laurie Giesen, Assistant to the Head of School

Sophie, Sophie’s Choice.  –Connie Goldsmith, Admissions

Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye.  –Pilar Gongora, World Languages

Quentin Cassidy, Once a Runner.  –Liz Gottlieb, Science

Harry Potter, The Harry Potter Series.  –Lynne Hansen, Dean of Students

Quentin Compson, The Sound and the Fury & Absalom, Absalom!  –Harrison Hobart, English

Edgar Sawtelle, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.  –Nancy Hoffman, History

Cyrano deBergerac , Cyrano deBergerac.  –John Kelly ’86, Technical Director of the Performing Arts Department

The Fish, The Cat in the Hat.  Evie Koh, Registrar

Howard Rourke, Fountainhead.  –Joani Lacey, School Counselor

Hazel, Watership Down.  –Brad Lakritz, Manager of Educational Technology Resources

Gulley Jimson, The Horse’s Mouth.  –David LeCount, Mathematics

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones.  –Greg Lentz, Technology Systems Manager

Jo, Little Women.  –Pam Maffei, History

Lyra , The Golden Compass.  –Dave Marshall, History

Queequeg, Moby-Dick.  –Tony Mekisich, Master Gardener and Teacher

Molly Weasley, Harry Potter.  –Lindsay Neville, Front Office

Benjy Compson, The Sound and the Fury.  –Peter Poutiatine, Outings Director & English Teacher

Sancho Panza, Don Quixote.  -Mousa Rebouh, Mathematics & John Petrovsky, World Languages

Edward Said, Out of Place.  -Zaya Rustamova, World Languages

Any Character, Gabriel Garcia Marquez novels.  –Trixie Sabundayo, English Department Chair

Charles Wallace Murry, A Wrinkle in Time.  –Bob Schleeter, Music

Dirk Pitt, Dirk Pitt Adventure Novels.  –James Shipman, History

Hamlet, Hamlet.  –David Sinaiko, Performing Arts

Edna Pontellier , The Awakening.  –Nicole Stanton, Dean of Faculty

Opus, Bloom County.  –Mark Stefanski, Science

Mrs. Pigglewiggle, Pigglewiggle Series.  –Megan Wheeler, College Counseling

Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities.  –Scott Young, Academic Dean

The 2012-2013 school year marks 40 years of education at Marin Academy.  Throughout the year we will be commemorating this anniversary with on-campus events for students, special publications (including this on-going series of “lists of 40″), and a community celebration at Bimbo’s in San Francisco on April 20 (Save the date!).

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