"then among the prose writers: Millamant, Clarissa, Becky Sharpe, Anna Karenina, Emma Bovary, Madame de Guermantes"
Portrait of William Congreve by Godfrey Kneller
Public DomainPortrait of William Congreve by Godfrey Kneller - Credit: Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)

MILLAMANT is a character in a play entitled The Way of the World by William Congreve (1670-1729). It was first performed in 1700, and is considered one of the foremost Restoration comedies.



CLARISSA is a character in The Fair Maid of the Inn, an early 17th. century comedy whose authorship is uncertain. It falls into the category of English Renaissance drama.


BECKY SHARP is one of the main characters in Vanity Fair, a satirical novel by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863). It was published in 1847/8 and remains popular today.



ANNA KARENINA  is the heroine of a novel by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) entitled Anna Karenina which is considered one of the most important examples of realist fiction.


Illustration for frontispiece of 'Madame Bovary' by Charles Léandre (1931)
Public DomainIllustration for frontispiece of 'Madame Bovary' by Charles Léandre (1931) - Credit: Charles Léandre (1862-1934)

EMMA BOVARY is the main character in a novel by Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) entitled Madame Bovary. At the time of its first publication (in serial form in 1856), it caused quite a stir in French society, and was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1857.



MADAME DE GUERMANTES is a character in Vol. 3 of an autobiographical novel in 7 volumes by Marcel Proust (1871-1922) entitled À la recherche du temps perdu (sometimes translated as Remembrance of Things Past and sometimes as In Search of Lost Time). The third volume is entitled Le Côte de Guermantes, translated as The Guermantes Way.

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