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Hamlet Wins Top Honors

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Hamlet is Number One. We could have told you that, but this time it's according to "The Fictional 100: The 100 Greatest Fictional Characters in World Literature and Legend" authored by Lucy Pollard-Gott. Other Shax incarnations which round out her hundred are: King Lear (12); Othello (18); Romeo (23); Juliet (24); Troilus (28); Cressida (29); and Falstaff (81). One senses these gals may have been added as a politically correct gesture, but we'll have to see. Fourteen of the one hundred winners committed suicide, and seven were murdered. The character of Emma, created by Jane Austen, is at least one notable exception.

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