Long Lived Characters

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Tue Mar 16 20:36:49 EST 2004


That's a long time! I think Heinlein's Lazarus Long had around 46 years,
from his first (?) appearance in Methuselah's Children to his last (?) in
"To Sail Beyond the Sunset".

Sallyo.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ven" <vendersleighc at yahoo.com>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:21 PM
Subject: Long Lived Characters


> I found this interesting thread on The Straight
> Dope:
>
> <<Who is the longest "lived" fictional character
>
> I've just gotten back into P.G. Wodehouse's
> Jeeves and Wooster stories, and I noticed with
> some surprise that the first Jeeves story
> appeared in 1916 and the last was written (or at
> least begun) in 1974, for a "lifespan" of 58
> years.
>
> I think this is a record.
>
> Does anyone know of another fictional character
> who was written about by the original author over
> a longer period? I think we can rule out most, if
> not all, of the juvenile series like Tom Swift,
> Nancy Drew, etc., since I believe they were
> written by many different people.>>
>
> http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=245340>
>
> I make Chrestomanci 23 -- Charmed Life pub 1977,
> Mixed Magics 2000 -- soon to be 28 or so on
> publication of the next book.
>
> Here's a copy of the list in progress from the
> SD:
>
> 58 years: Jeeves and Wooster (Wodehouse)
> 55 years: Hercule Poirot (Christie)
> 55 years: The Saint (Charteris)
> 53 years: Eliots (Bradbury)
> 46 years: Woodrow Wilson Smith (Heinlein)
> 43 years: Nero Wolfe (Stout)
> 41 years: Hari Seldon (Asimov)
> 40 years: Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle)
> 40 years: Gandalf (Tolkein)
> 39 years: Daneel Olivaw (Asimov)
> 35 years: Tarzan (Burroughs)
> 33 years: Yossarian (Heller)
> 28 years: Father Callahan (King)
> 25 years: Roland (King)
> 20 years: Jack Ryan (Clancy)
>
>
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> Ven
>
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