Infographic: Periodic Table of Literary Villains

The often under-appreciated villains get their just due in the following infographic.

From Mephistopheles to Count Dracula and Lady Macbeth to the Queen of Hearts, we love to hate the bad guys.

Their villainous activity, whether self-serving or psychopathic, wreaking havoc or ultimately defeated, is often the most memorable part of our favorite books. In commemoration of the hard work antagonists undertake to challenge protagonists and delight readers, here are famous scoundrels and criminals who appear in books featured in the Norton Critical Edition series, ranked according to a version of Dante’s circles of hell.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


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  3. Eden23 January, 2020

    Where can I get a full sized poster of this for my classroom. I love this!

    1. Nate Hoffelder23 January, 2020

      Isn’t it great?


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