Monday, September 22, 2008

The 50 greatest villains in literature

A panel picked the 50 greatest villains in literature for the (London) Telegraph.

Number One on the list:
Satan from Paradise Lost, by John Milton

There's a school of thought that the villain of Paradise Lost is actually God. But Milton wouldn't, at least consciously, have subscribed. Satan is the rebel's rebel, the villain's villain - "Hell within him for within him Hell/ He brings..." Easily clinches the top spot in our evil-dude hit parade.
Read about all 50 villains.

Related: The Page 69 Test for Stanley Fish's How Milton Works.

--Marshal Zeringue