Ramona Quimby: The Mischievous Girl Next Door

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Robert Jordan, Hemingway's Bipartisan Hero

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Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' Still Haunts Singers

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Encounter With 'A Soldier's Story'

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Willie Stark Lives On

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Charlotte A. Cavatica: Bloodthirsty, Wise And True

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Auntie Mame's Secret: The 'Loco' In Her Parentis

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Why African-Americans Loathe 'Uncle Tom'

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Henry Fleming, Reluctantly Wearing 'The Red Badge'

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The Joker: Torn Between Goof And Evil

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Reduced Shakespeare Analyzes NPR's 'Character'

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Norman Bates: A Most Terrifying Mama's Boy

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'King Kong': The Eighth Wonder of the World

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Nancy Drew: Curious, Independent and Usually Right

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Jo March, Everyone's Favorite Little Woman

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Mr. Spock: The 'Mystery of Masculinity' Embodied

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Narcissism Part of Carrie's 'City' Charm

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The Dude: A Little Lebowski, Alive in All of Us

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Vampire Slayer Buffy Saves Iraq Reporter's Soul

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Ricky Ricardo: The 'Mr. Babalu' Next Door

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Troy Maxson: Heart, Heartbreak as Big as the World

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Fred Sanford: Stubborn, Sharp-Witted, Smart

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Philip Marlowe: Product of a Hard-Boiled Time

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Indiana Jones: Saving History or Stealing It?

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