NABOKV-L post 0012086, Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:09:00 -0800

Re: Fwd: HH's age
Another exception to this rule is J.R.Tolkien - his heros' adventures begin
only when they reach the ripe age of 50...
And let's not forget Mrs.Dalloway. I'm sure there are more examples.
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From: "Donald B. Johnson" <>
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 4:50 PM
Subject: Re: Fwd: HH's age

> Dear Don and List
> When I first read Lolita I was half again as old as Lo, and HH was twice
> my age; I had him firmly pegged as a dirty old man, two years older than
> my father.
> In Alison Lurie's "Foreign Affairs" the fifty-something heroine muses on
> the ages of fictional characters. To be a principal you must be young; in
> literature there are no heroes or heroines aged 35-plus. Anything older
> than that is a a perry, a walk-on, a supporting role, a character part.
> The cruellest stage review I ever read was by Beryl Bainbridge -- no
> spring chicken herself -- who wrote that Maggie Smith was "too old to be
> considered female".
> Does VN consistently break the "ageist" tradition in fiction? I can think
> straight away of my good friend John Shade.
> Best,
> Tom (Rymour)
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