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Best Friends on the Page and Behind the Pen: 7 Literary BFFs

Best Friends on the Page and Behind the Pen:
7 Literary BFFs

By: Allison Cottrell
Marketing Intern

 

Happy national best friend day! Even when we can’t meet up with our best friends in person, we can celebrate with friends in literature. Here are 7 literary best friends, both those on the page and those holding the pens. What literary best friends would be on your list? Let us know, or better yet, let your best friend know!

  1. Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, and Ronald Weasley - From the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, no friendship list seems complete without this trusty trio. 
  2. Emily Dickinson and Susan Gilbert - These perhaps-lovers have recently had their relationship portrayed in the 2019 film Wild Nights with Emily
  3. Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay - These lyrical writers co-authored a chapbook, Lace & Pyrite, full of epistolary garden poems. If corresponding through verse about gardens doesn’t signify friendship, what does?
  4. Sophie and the BFG - Unlikely literary friendships are often the most fun to read, and this pair from The BFG by Roald Dahl is no different. 
  5. James Baldwin and Toni Morrison - Morrison wrote a tribute to her late friend in this 1987 New York Times article
  6. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Only the best of friends could have produced the co-written novel Good Omens, recently adapted for television. 
  7. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson - This detective duo penned by Arthur Conan Doyle has inspired many a fandom.
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