Characters - Alphabetical
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NickAdrianoA security consultant.
Dr. Edwin H.AndersonThe library's director.
JohnAshberyAn American poet and art critic.
ProfessorAshtonA college mentor.
FredAstaireAn American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer.
John JacobAstorOne of the founders of the library.
LeoAstorA stone lion.
JaneAustenAn English novelist.
Mr.BabenkoA longtime employee at the library.
Dr.BellHarry's physician.
AlvaBelmontOne of the leaders of the New York suffrage movement.
Mr.BensonThe janitor.
AlbertBergOne of the donors of library manuscripts.
HenryBergOne of the donors of library manuscripts.
JoanBlaeuA Dutch cartographer.
Mr.BlountClaude's acquaintance.
CharlotteBronteAn English novelist and poet.
John MervenCarrereOne of the building's architect.
KateChopinAn American author of short stories and novels.
InspectorClouseauBerg Collection's inspector.
Joseph G.CogswellThe first superintendent of Astor Library.
CharlesDickensAn English writer and social critic.
MabelDodgeAmelia's acquaintance.
SadieDonovanThe assistant curator.
AbigailDuckworthAn author.
MaxEastmanAn American writer on literature, philosophy and society.
ElaineEdmundsonThe name used by Sadie when buying the lost books.
Elizabeth G.FlynnOne of the members of the Heterodoxy Club.
EdwinGaillardThe library detective.
Inez HaynesGillmoreOne of the members of the Heterodoxy Club.
EmmaGoldmanOne of the members of the Heterodoxy Club.
CaryGrantAn English-American actor.
AlexanderHamiltonFounding Father of the United States.
ThomasHastingsOne of the building's architect.
NathanielHawthorneAn American novelist, dark romantic, and a short story writer.
Dr. HumphreyHooperThe director of the library.
Marie JenneyHoweA feminist organizer and writer.
WashingtonIrvingAn American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, and historian.
ThomasJefferson3rd U.S. President.
MarleneJerkinsonBerg's curator and Sadie's mentor.
RichardJones-EbbingOne of the new board members.
JackKerouacAn American novelist.
 KiernanA judge.
LarryKlineThe former mayor of Hawkins.
FiorelloLa GuardiaFormer Mayor of New York City.
RobinLarkinA baby sitter.
JamesLennoxOne of the founders of the library.
LeoLennoxA stone lion.
JackLyonsThe superintendent of the New York Public Library.
LauraLyonsJack Lyons' wife.
Mrs.MarinoOne of the mothers at tenement.
VladimirNabokovA Russian-American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist.
RedPaddyHarry's acquaintance.
DorothyParkerAn American poet, writer, critic, and satirist.
Edgar AllanPoeAn American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic.
Dr. AmeliaPotterWorked from the city as medical inspector.
JosephPulitzerA newspaper publisher.
HilaryQuinnLaura Lyon's former secretary and executor in London.
ClaudeRacineSadie's colleague.
GretchenReynoldsOne of Laura's classmates at Columbian Journalism School.
AugusteRodinA French sculptor.
MargaretSangerOne of the members of the Heterodoxy Club.
WilliamShakespeareAn English playwright, poet, and actor.
Mr.SmithOne of the new board members.
Mrs.SmithOne of the new board members.
LesleyStahlAn American journalist.
AlfredStieglitzAmerican photographer.
FrankTannenbaumAn Austrian-American historian, sociologist and criminologist.
AlfredTennysonA British poet.
BalThackerayAn Indian politician.
GeorgeWakemanA professor at the Columbian University School of Journalism.
GeorgeWashington1st U.S. President.
WendyWassersteinAn American playwright.
WaltWhitmanAn American poet, essayist, and journalist.
TalcottWilliamsThe head of Columbian Journalism School.
VirginiaWoolfAn English writer.
William ButlerYeatsAn Irish poet.
Beatrice Supposed name of Pearl.
Billy Jack Lyons' friend.
Bob A cat.
Chuck The owner of J&M Books.
Don Pearl's second husband.
Florence One of the members of the Heterodoxy Club.
Harry Jack and Laura's son.
Henrietta Amelia's acquaintance.
Ida Max Eastman's wife.
Jessie Amelia's partner.
Leonard Canadian singer-songwriter.
Lonnie Sadie's brother.
LuAnn Lonnie's wife.
Max A dog.
Pearl Jack and Laura's daughter.
Phillip Sadie's ex-husband.
Sam Harry's classmate.
Sarah Pearl's friend.
Sebastian Nick's dog.
Sue Nick Adriano's wife.
Valentina Sade's niece.