Long Lived Characters

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 17 07:38:28 EST 2004


If you count his continued existance in the movies
then James Bond is starting to come close. I think
Casino Royalle (the book - and the original film for
that matter) was 1953 and the fictional character is
supposed to have been born in 1920. Hmm perhaps even
Sean Connery is a bit young to play him acurately.
Must be the Wold-newton genes in his (Bond's)
ancestry. Actually I notice that Jeeves and Bertie
Wooster have also been fitted into the Wold-Newton
universe, so that probably accounts for their
longevity.

http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Char2.htm

Jon

--- Elizabeth Evans <er.evans at auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
> I'm at work so can't check my copy of Elsie J.
> Oxenham's 'Two Queens of the
> Abbey" (published 1959) to see if Cicely Hobart
> appears in it. She first
> appeared in "Girls of the Hamlet Club" by the same
> author, published in
> 1910. If so, she 'lived' 49 years, but gradually
> became a more peripheral
> character after the first book.
> Regards
> Elizabeth.
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-dwj at suberic.net
> [mailto:owner-dwj at suberic.net]On Behalf Of
> > Ven
> > Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 02:21
> > To: dwj at suberic.net
> > 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)
> >
> >
> > =====
> > Ven
> >
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