Police Sketches of Famous Literary Criminals

Bookworms, meet your new favorite Tumblr: The Composites, a brilliant new project dreamed up by Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis, takes descriptions of famous literary characters and, using law enforcement composite sketch software, creates images of what they’d presumably look like in real life. “I recognized his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw — yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake,” Jane tells us in Chapter 13 of Jane Eyre. Is this Javier Bardem lookalike what you were picturing when you first read those words?

Click through to get a better look at Mr. Rochester, and an assortment of other famous faces — from Humbert Humbert to Madame Bovary — and submit your own suggestions for characters to feature here.


Emma Bovary from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Image credit: The Composites


Keith Talent from London Fields by Martin Amis. Image credit: The Composites


Humbert Humbert from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Image credit: The Composites


Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Image credit: The Composites


Vaughn from Crash by JG Ballard. Image credit: The Composites


The Misfit from “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor. Image credit: The Composites


Gary from Zone One by Colson Whitehead. Image credit: The Composites


Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Image credit: The Composites


Pinkie Brown from Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. Image credit: The Composites

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