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Vote for your favorite father in literature

June 18, 2009

Alright, boys, it’s your turn. Who are the most famous fictional fathers?

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites, as is Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Although I’ve only seen the movie, one of my favorite father/son stories is Big Fish (it’s loosely based on Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions).

But these are all good fathers. What about the wicked? Elphaba’s father—the Wizard or the Governor of Munchkinland, take your pick. Shakespeare’s King Lear?

Having just finished All the King’s Men, three very different types of fathers are on my mind: Judge Irwin, the Scholarly Attorney and, of course, Willie Stark.

So, who’s your favorite father in literature? I’m narrowing it down to King Lear or Atticus Finch…cast your vote!