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Words fail me. Almost

Verity having pointed out the following "Hans Christian Andersen is the spitting image of a 19th Century British writer but I can't think who. Maybe George Elliott ... or one of the Brontes. Or someone else. But he is the spitting image of someone", I have been sniffing around the internet in search of the match. No luck so far, but look what I've found:


Why, yes - it is the Jane Austen action figure, as sold by the Library of Congress thusly:

"Jane Austen was one of the greatest English novelists in history. Despite a rather sheltered life, she was able to capture the subtleties of human interaction so perfectly that her novels continue to be immensely popular to this day. This 5-1/4" tall, hard vinyl action figure comes with a book (Pride & Prejudice) and a writing desk with removable quill pen!"

Yours for $8.50.

Other writers available are Poe - "with a hauntingly pale complexion and a removable plastic raven" and Shakespeare. Nominations for the accoutrements that would suit other writers, should they be immortalised in hard vinyl, are welcome - Solzhenitsyn's foot cloths maybe or De Quincey's laudanum bottle.

However, it would be selfish of me not to point out the star attraction:

"If you just can't get enough of the Dewey decimals or if you go bananas for books, chances are you have a Librarian Action Figure. Nancy Pearl's likeness made history as the best selling Librarian Action Figure of all time".


Looks like Nancy can move her arms but lower body movement would appear to be beyond her.

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Anonymous verity said... 3:41 pm

Actually, Croydonian, I think it might be Wordsworth.

I had never seen a rendering of Hans Christian Andersen before, and the minute I saw it on your blog, it looked very familiar. Even the way his mouth curls upward in the suggestion of amusement ...  



Anonymous John miller said... 4:28 pm

Thank god the raven is removable.  



Anonymous John miller said... 4:28 pm

Thank god the raven is removable.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:46 pm

Hmm, none of the Wordsworth images I've seen look much like H-CA.

John - Just as well, isn't it?  



Anonymous verity said... 5:33 pm

Doesn't this strike anyone else?  



Anonymous verity said... 5:37 pm

I looked up George Elliot's picture and she looks a bit like Virginia Woolfe. Oh, dear ...  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:43 pm

I think Woolf had a certain elegance, if rather a long face - especially in that photo.  



Anonymous verity said... 5:59 pm

Yes, and George Elliot also had a long face with a certain elegance. But she doesn't look like Hans-Christian Andersen.

This is driving me crazy.  



Anonymous Verity said... 2:11 pm

I see the woman in a mob cap. She could be Hans Christian Andersen's sister.  



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