The 10 Most Twisted Couples in Literature

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Edward Albee’s now-iconic play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which went on to win a Tony for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. It also brought us the incomparable George and Martha, a bickering, bitter couple whose frustrated, drunken antics have turned them into modern archetypes. Inspired by the anniversary of this wonderful play, we’ve put together a list of the most twisted couples in literature — with George and Martha leading the pack, of course. Read through our choices after the jump, and if we missed your deliciously self-destructive or unfailingly dysfunctional favorites, add to our list in the comments.

George and Martha, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The archetypal bantering couple, Albee’s dark pair are ruthless, brutal, and toxic to everyone around them. But of course, it’s their shared secret that’s the most twisted of all.