- David Copperfield in "David Copperfield."
- Emma Bovary in "Madame Bovary."
- Dill Harris in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
- Lily Bart in "The House of Mirth."
To which famed literary character did Vanity Fair editor (pre-Tina) Leo Lerman compare his deceased friend Truman Capote?
The answer is Emma Bovary. Lamented Lerman, “Thinking of Truman, Emma Bovary superimposed herself on his image. They are related, for T’s and Emma’s passion for ‘Society’ was an affliction for both of them and did them both in.”
Capote was the basis for the Dill Harris in To Kill a Mockingbird. The book's author, Harper Lee, and Truman were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama, and it was with Truman in mind that she crafted the over-imaginative Dill Harris. Both Dill and Truman lacked a stable family life. In Truman, this led to a lifelong feeling of abandonment, a deep emotional void he sought to fill via his Madame Bovary-like obsession with society.
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