Some of the most attractive men in history are found on the pages of great books - and come alive only in the imagination of their readers. In this gallery, Stylist invites you to curl-up with 35 of the most irresistible literary males. Swoon over Bronte's Byronic hero Heathcliff, Homer's fearsome Achilles, and charismatic rebels like Catch-22's Yossarian, revel in the inappropriate allure of intelligent killers like Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov and Shakespeare's Hamlet, and be seduced by the arrogant charms of the likes of Rhett Butler, the intelligence of Sherlock Holmes, the gruff swashbuckling Richard Sharpe, and the dangerous but delicious Edward Cullen.
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Words: Anna Pollitt
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Key quote: "You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever."
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Key quote: "A Dry Martini. One. In a deep champagne goblet... Three measures of Gordons, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemonpeel. Got it?"
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Key quote: "There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd."
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Key quote: “It is fate that I am here but you can call it Italy if it makes you less unhappy.”
History of my Life by Giacomo Casanova
Key quote: “As for women, I have always found that the one I was in love with smelled good, and the more copious her sweat the sweeter I found it.”
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Key quote: "Why, you evil-eyed, mechanically-aptituded, disaffiliated son of a bitch, did you walk around with anything in your cheeks?"
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Key quote: "I, who have also been betrayed, assassinated and cast into a tomb, I have emerged from that tomb by the grace of God and I owe it to God to take my revenge. He sent me for that purpose. Here I am."
Cinderella by the Grimm brothers
Key quote: "No one shall be my wife but she whose foot this golden slipper fits."
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Key quote: "Power is given only to him who dates to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare."
The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling, by Henry Fielding
Key quote: "Can I think of soliciting such a creature to consent to her own ruin? Shall I indulge any passion of mine at such a price? Shall I lurk about this country like a thief, with such intentions? - No, I disdain, I detest the thought. Farewell, Sophia; farewell, most lovely, most beloved."
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Key quote: "You need kissing badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. All your beaux have respected you too much, though God knows why, or they have been too afraid of you to really do right by you. The result is that you are unendurably uppity. You should be kissed and by someone who knows how.”
Edward Fairfax Rochester
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Key quote: "I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you: their expression and smile did not - did not strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing."
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Key quote: "To be or not to be-that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and, by opposing, end them."
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Key quote: "If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years, as I could in a day."
Captain Frederick Wentworth
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Key quote: "A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not."
The Iliad by Homer
Key quote: "Are Atreus' sons the only men who love their wives?"
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Key quote: "Well, so many words, because I can't touch you. If I could sleep with my arms around you, the ink could stay in the bottle."
The Lady of Shalot by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Key quote: "She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, The Lady of Shalott."
Theodore "Laurie" Laurence
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Key quote: "I worked hard to please you, and I gave up billiards and everything you didn't like, and waited and never complained, for I hoped you'd love me, though I'm not half good enough."
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Key quote: "Now you will go and be shut up in that stone prison at Lowick: you will be buried alive. It makes me savage to think of it! I would rather never have seen you than think of you with such a prospect."
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Key quote: "Amid the most lofty thoughts about annihilation, death, the infinite, etc., I can see no reality save a shocking fear of ridicule."
North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Key quote: "Oh! Margaret, could you not have loved me? I am but uncouth and hard, but I would never have led you into any falsehood for me."
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Key quote: "I keep it always full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things. Celebrated people."
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Key quote: "Now I must give you one smirk, then we can be rational again."
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Key quote: "I said that I would find her out by any means, fair or foul. These are foul, and I'll take them."
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Key quote: "Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again."
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Key quote: "For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. If my career were of that better kind that there was any opportunity or capacity of sacrifice in it, I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you."
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Key quote: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"
Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester.
Key quote: ""My respects to Sir Edward and I shall condescend to make a brief appearance.""
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Key quote: "I've given you not my sacrifice or my pity, but my ego and my naked need. This is the only way you can wish to be loved. This is the only way I can want you to love me. If you married me now, I would become your whole existence. But I would not want you then. You would not want yourself-and so you would not love me long. To say 'I love you' one must first know how to say the 'I'."
Major Richard Sharpe
Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
Key quote: "Lovers keep secrets from each other, yet they still make love."
Ulysses by James Joyce
Key quote: "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery."
Vicomte de Valmont
The Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos
Key quote: "One has lived long enough if one has had time to win the love of women and the esteem of men."
Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Key quote: "No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let's start with forever."
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Key quote: "My name is Jean Valjean. I am a convict from the galleys."