Alfred Doolittle (Pygmalion) Alfred Doolittle is the father of Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play, Pygmalion, (made as a British film in 1938), from which Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe adapted the hugely successful Broadway musical (1956) and subsequent film (1964), My Fair Lady. Alfred is the quintessential working man with a thirst, a moral marrying man (six times) and a somewhat less than attentive father to his daughter. And he is unforgettable, especially as portrayed by the inimitable Stanley Holloway. He is willing to “sell” Eliza to Professor Higgins, but only for enough money as is fair – he’s no scam artist. After listening to some of Aflred’s richly phrased aphorisms, Higgins recommends him for a post lecturing on moral and social reform. This is exactly the sort of thing that Alfred Doolittle hates – he is becoming middle class and comfortable – no worse fate! Back to the dustbins for him – much more pleasant is the life that can be led “wiv a little bit o’luck”. All in all, an enchanting scoundrel!
Alfred Pennyworth (Batman Comic Series) Alfred Pennyworth is the proper and dignified valet to Bruce Wayne (and Dick Grayson/Robin) in the DC Comics series, Batman, first appearing in 1943. In fact, Alfred transcends this employee relationship, and is a kind of surrogate father to Batman. Alfred is also a behind-the-scenes mystery solver himself, his back story having had him a retired intelligence officer, who only goes into service at the dying wish of his father (now, that’s some deathbed curse!). Alfred makes the best of it, however, and once he discovers it, he is utterly trusted to keep the secret of the Dynamic Duo’s identities. Throughout the many years of the series, Alfred endures much on behalf of his charge, and sometimes is overtaken by dark forces himself. Ultimately, however, he is always there for Batman, donning disguises, fighting crime, rescuing “the boys”, mending limbs, healing injuries and, of course, serving up the occasional perfect brandy and soda. Alfred does all this with style, tempered with his entertaining and sarcastic wit – he is the perfect addition to any Batcave!
J. Alfred Prufrock (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock) J. Alfred Prufrock is the narrator of T. S. Eliot’s classic poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, published in 1915. J. Alfred Prufrock is a man in a middle age crisis in a century undergoing a crisis of its own. He is a man caught upon the spires of indecision and frustration, and his narrative progresses in an almost dream-like state, one thought morphing into another as his stream of consciousness shifts. Shall he part his hair behind? Dare he eat a peach? And, of course, unspoken, is there a God? Is there love? Is there anything beyond these rooms where the women come and go, talking of Michaelangelo – that, indeed, may be the “overwhelming question”. In essence, J. Alfred Prufrock, for all his particularities and peculiarities, is Everyman – no Hamlet he! And Everyman and Everywoman today, as one hundred years ago, are creatures at the mercy of the universe’s immutable laws of what-we-know-not keeps us here and then disposes of us, leaving us all echoing his lament: “That is not what I meant at all. That is not it, at all”.
Alfred - an opera by Thomas Arne
Alfred - an opera by Antonín Dvořák
Alfred - a song by Hungry Lucy
Sunflowers for Alfred Roy - a song by Mariah Carey
Alfred Digs (Lindsay Barrett George) - What would you do if your pet ant escaped from her ant farm? Would you follow her? Even if you had promised your mama to eat your pie, and drink your milk, and stay in your cozy burrow? Scritch. Scratch. Scritch. Alfred digs. And digs. And digs. Where is Itty Bitty? And what will happen when Alfred ﬁnds her? In this tour de force of a picture book, Lindsay Barrett George introduces an aardvark (or two), an ant (a troublemaker, really), and an adventure that takes place in a dictionary. Where? A dictionary. Read on! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize (Kathy-Jo Wargin) - Almost everyone has heard of the Nobel Prize, a collection of prizes awarded for accomplishments in science, medicine, literature, and peace. But few people know about the man who established the award and for whom it is named, Alfred Nobel. Alfred Nobel was born in Sweden in 1833. A quick and curious mind, combined with a love of science and chemistry, drove him to invent numerous technological devices throughout his long life. But he is perhaps most well known for his invention of dynamite. Intending it to help safely advance road and bridge construction, Nobel saw his most famous invention used in the development of military weaponry. After a newspaper headline mistakenly announces his death, Nobel was inspired to leave a legacy of another sort. The Man Behind the Peace Prize tells the story of the enduring legacy of Alfred Nobel. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Alfred Zector, Book Collector (Kelly DiPucchio) - In his warm, weathered house, stuffed in crannies and nooks, were heaps, rows, and stacks of beloved bound books. The only thing that brings Alfred Zector joy is collecting books. And so he sets out on a mission to collect every last one, until his home on the hill is stretched at the seams with books big and small. But what happens when the rest of the townspeople have nothing left to read? In this clever rhyming story, Alfred Zector discovers what it means to find true joy in a good book. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Poetry for Young People: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (John Maynard, editor) - From the grand and mythic Idylls of King Arthur to the tragic, rousing "Charge of the Light Brigade," Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry explores a range of magical, dramatic, and thoughtful topics. This outstanding and stunningly-illustrated entry in the much-praised Poetry for Young People series gathers excerpts from 26 of his finest works. The biography and annotations by a distinguished scholar, and extraordinary full-color paintings by a renowned artist on nearly every page, are the hallmarks of this acclaimed series. Youngsters will enjoy encountering Tennyson's "Mermaid"; the "Lotos Eaters"; and "Ulysses." A beautiful picture of "The Lady of Shalott," captures the sad heroine's isolation "in her four gray walls, and four gray towers." Images of a lonely man and a sweeping landscape illustrate Tennyson's masterpiece, In Memoriam. Plus: the haunting "The Owl," the lullaby "Sweet and Low," "The Hesperides," and other immortal verses. Recommended for ages 10-14.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Rick Yancey) - Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur - the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of the enemy, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction. This gripping, fast-paced, and often hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one boy's coming of age. Recommended for ages 13-16.
Famous People Named Alfred - Alfred Hitchcock (film director); Alfred, Lord Tennyson (English poet); Alfred Nobel (scientist and namesake for the Nobel Prizes); Alfred Matthew Yankovic (aka "Weird Al"); Alfred Molina (actor); Alfred (various English royalties); Alfred Hawthorne Hill (aka Benny Hill, comedian)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Alfred - Charles Dickens (English novelist)
Sir Alfred Hitchcock (13 Aug 1899 – 29 Apr 1980) - Alfred Hitchcock was the master of British and American horror films in the twentieth century, producing such classics as Psycho, Rebecca, Vertigo, North by Northwest and a score of others. He also produced a popular television program during the 1960s and 70s, featuring ironic commentary by him as host, and made cameo appearances in most of his films, becoming a well-known and iconic figure in the process. His cultivation of the cool blonde persona made for signature roles for such actresses as Eva Marie Saint, Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren. Alfred Hitchock’s films often explored the psychoanalytical underside of human nature, the effects of sexual repression and the sometimes unholy alliances between mothers and children (particularly sons). At the same time, he disparaged the use of Method acting in his films, preferring the straightforward approach from the “learn your lines and be on time” school of acting. His own background was relatively inauspicious; the son of a greengrocer, Alfred rose to prominence and knighthood over his lifetime, stayed married to one woman for fifty-four years and was apparently a doting father to his only child, Patricia. The usual rumors notwithstanding, Sir Alfred Hitchcock apparently lived a life that was a far cry from his famously notorious characters.