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William Faulkner

I wish I could meet ..., the literary edition

I wish I could meet ..., the literary edition

A quick perusal of the popular hashtag #IWishICouldMeet on Twitter led to a couple of conclusions. First, more than anything, people want to meet Justin Bieber, although Jesus is a close second. And a lot of people would like to be able to be another person meeting themselves, or their true love, whoever that might be.

There didn't seem to be many bookish figures in the mix, so Tuesday morning we asked people on Twitter what authors or fictional characters they'd like to meet. A pair of Jane Austen's characters immediately jumped to the top of the list — Elizabeth Bennet and her dreamy Mr. Darcy just about tied. Another tie was between villains and heroes; people wanted to meet them...