20 Famous Authors as Dolls

How best to prove your adoration of a particular writer? Make a doll in their likeness, of course. Or if you’re a little less than crafty, buy one. Or, you know, just look at them on the Internet. This last bit you can accomplish right now. Yes, your favorite authors have been immortalized as everything from action figures to wooden works of art to paper dolls to LEGO figurines, and you’ll find 20 of them after the jump. As an added bonus, many of them are buyable, so if you’re still looking to fill your favorite bookish friend’s holiday stocking, look no further. But be prepared for them to think you’re slightly creepy.


The Ernest Hemingway Action Figure. “It comes with a typewriter and a shotgun. A child can roleplay, pretending to roam in Africa, fish in Cuba, hunt in Michigan, and write the Great American Novel. Much more fun then GI Joe and Barbie.” [via]


A highly morose Edgar Allan Poe doll by Black-eyed Suzie. [via]


A lovely Emily Dickinson doll by Charis. [via]


Hands down the cutest James Joyce doll of all time. [via]


Yep, that is a vinyl Hunter S. Thompson. By TOPHAT8. [via]


LEGO Virginia Woolf. [via]


Franz Kafka, more wooden than you ever imagined. By Mauro Fazzini. [Buy one here]


Tiny Maya Angelou by Debbie Ritter, who has a whole stable of author dolls to her name. [Buy one here]


Just what you’ve always wanted: a Kurt Vonnegut plushie. By Unemployed Philosophers Guild. [Buy one here]


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Sachet Doll by DollMonster. [Buy one here!]


“This vinyl 16″ Mark Twain doll is so authentic looking, you almost expect him to speak to you. He is dressed in his famous 3 piece white linen suit and brown bow tie. He has a full head of white hair and a grey mustache. Such care was taken in the details that the wrinkles on his face look real.” [via]


The Oscar Wilde action figure, with real bendy action. By Accoutrements. [Buy one here]


A real-life Raggedy Ayn Rand doll (inspired, we can only imagine, by this) by Melissa Dunphy. [via]


Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Ivan Turgenev as a happy family of Russian nesting dolls. [Buy them here]


Dorothy Parker Pillow Doll by Chen Reichert. [Buy one here]


Charles Dickens, wearing, apparently, his “favorite Victorian attire.” [Buy one here]

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William Shakespeare and some of his inventions. [via]


A Sylvia Plath paper doll by Lisa Perrin. [via]


Then there’s this somewhat more abstract Margaret Atwood paper doll, drawn by Margaret Atwood. [via]

And of course, the Brontë Sisters, who, with their powers combined, become the all-powerful BRONTËSAURUS! Complete with barrier-breaking feminist vision!