Father’s Day has come and gone and left me with lingering thoughts about a father’s role. Our individual conceptions of fatherhood are of course marked most profoundly by our personal experiences of life with or without our own fathers, but representations of fathers in our different cultures have also shaped our expectations of what a father should be. That got me thinking about the most memorable literary encounters I’ve had with fathers, both fictional and actual, and so I set about drawing up a list of fathers in literature who really stand out. I’m happy to say that most of … Continue reading MEMORABLE LITERARY FATHERS