Although Professor James Moriarty only appeared twice
in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
writing, in The
Valley of Fear, and in The
Final Problem, he has become synonymous with the stereotypical
evil genius. In both these stories, despite Moriarty's efforts,
he is bested by Sherlock Holmes at nearly every turn.
Fu Manchu is a tall, lean Chinese man with the grace
and green eyes of a cat. He possesses a soaring intellect and a
bottomless evil. As he is described in chapter 2 of The
Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, he is "the yellow peril incarnate
in one man". This evil Oriental gentleman has also appeared
in many other works, including The
Return of Dr. Fu Manchu and The
Hand of Fu Manchu.
Auguste Dupin is the original detective genius, pre-dating, and
perhaps inspiring, the creation of Sherlock Holmes. His attempts
to solve a series of hideous murders in Paris in 1841 are chronicled
by Edgar Allan Poe
in the story The
Murders in the Rue Morgue.
Rosa Coote was a standard character in Victorian erotic
literature, usually involving various types of flagellation. Her
literary predecessor was known as Miss (or Lady) Flaybum. Other
common characters in Victorian pornography were Lord and Lady Pokingham.
published in 1913 and written by Eleanor
Porter, is the story of a young girl who not only endures a
number of hardships, but manages to remain cheerful throughout,
and also enriches the lives of those she touches along the way.