George Babbitt (Babbitt) George is the title character in Sinclair Lewis’1922 satire of American culture, Babbitt, about a conforming, conservative, materialistic social climber in a Midwestern city who has a successful real estate business, a nice house, a wife and 2.5 children. It’s not enough. Perhaps due to a mid-life crisis (he is 46 years old), George begins to explore the possibilities of an alternate life style (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). He switches to a liberal political view, hangs with the local Bohemian crowd, has an affair, and in general, tries to find an answer to the emptiness and meaninglessness of his life. Naturally, this behavior shocks all his former friends and associates (who knows where this kind of thing might lead?), and he is shunned, barred from his clubs, and his business suffers. Well, that’s not much fun, either. It takes the sudden, serious illness of his wife, Myra, to bring him back to his senses. Lickety-split, he dashes home and devotes himself to her care. All is forgiven and he is welcomed back into the fold. The lingering hopes for a richer life are put on the back burner, and he dons again the cloak of respectability. The only shred of hope left to him is that his teen aged son has dropped out of college and eloped with his girlfriend, and Babbitt somehow finds this act of rebellion a beacon of light for the boy’s future and a safeguard against the dreaded life of conformity. We guess.
George Dorset (The House of Mirth) George Dorset is a character in Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel of manners, The House of Mirth. Like its heroine, Lily Bart, George is a victim of a society whose mores and values keep them in strict alignment with the unwritten code, and whose punishment for stepping outside that code is severe indeed. George is the epitome of the good husband of the times – he is quiet, wealthy, he indulges his wife’s every whim and he seems to overlook her infidelities. Even when one affair is made blatantly clear to him, he is convinced by her to stay in the marriage, loveless and mirthless though it may be. All to keep the machinery of society running smoothly.
George Emerson (A Room with a View) George Emerson is the handsome protagonist in E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel, A Room with a View. Along with his father, the elder Emerson, George is a free thinker in a shackled time, a man who appreciates women for their intelligence as well as for their beauty. Although of a lower social order than the object of his love, Lucy Honeychurch, he nonetheless wins her through his passion and and charm, and persuades her to elope with him, in full defiance of a social agenda that is clearly running out of steam.
George Gibbs (Our Town) George is one of the main characters in Thornton Wilder’s iconic Pulitzer Prize winning play, Our Town, first performed in 1938, and a staple of high school theatrical productions ever since. George is the all-American boy in the early twentieth century, in spades. He is a star baseball player and the president of the senior class. He’s a typical boy, sometimes neglecting his chores and his homework, but ultimately a well meaning, good-natured boy, with expectations of being a farmer in his little town. He marries his childhood sweetheart, Emily, to whom he proposes over an ice cream soda. When tragedy strikes, and Emily dies in childbirth, George takes on the symbolic grief of the world, and represents for us the playwright’s message: that life is precious and short, and is to be lived as fully as possible every single moment.
George Harris (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) George is a slave of a cruel master in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery novel, which was outsold only by the Bible in the 19th century. He has an impenetrable dignity that cannot be destroyed by his brutal treatment at the hands of the white slave owner. Handsome and well spoken, George endures many humiliations in silence, but when his wife and child are sold, he escapes to Canada with them. After attaining an education, he and his family move to France and eventually to the nation of Liberia in Africa, and he turns his back on the nation that would whip him into submission. For today’s reading audience, he offers a telling counterpoint to the very Christian, long-suffering Uncle Tom, who stays with his “folks” and forgives all his tormentors. George Harris not only eschews white society; he also dares to challenge a God who would allow such evils to exist in the first place. We think he’s right.
George Knightly (Emma) George Knightly is the protagonist of Jane Austen’s novel, Emma, written in 1816. He is a wealthy, kind, well mannered man of high moral character – every mother’s dream of a son-in-law – who stands in contrast to the initially self-centered nature of the young Emma. He is, after all, seventeen years her senior, and wastes no time in pointing out her faults to her, all the while being very much in love with her himself. After a lot of meddlesome matchmaking on Emma’s part, mistakenly placed suspicions, petty jealousies and the like, the two get together when Emma finally comes to her senses. And how’s this for a good son-in-law? He moves in with Emma and her father at their estate so that the old man will not need to miss his daughter. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore!
George Milton (Of Mice and Men) George Milton is a main character in John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella, Of Mice and Men. He is a migrant worker during the Great Depression who befriends and cares for the mentally disabled Lennie Small, with tragic results. He is an intelligent, thinking man, whose dream is to own a ranch, a dream that Lennie shares. George is basically a loner, but he is able to connect to humanity through his friendship with Lennie, and George’s kindness toward the big, hapless man is an indication of the basic goodness in his heart. In the end, the reward for his labors is the loss of Lennie, the loss of his dreams of a ranch, and the ultimate loss of a piece of his own soul.
George Murchison (A Raisin in the Sun) George is a wealthy young African-American man who is courting Benetha Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s ground-breaking play, A Raisin in the Sun, which debuted on Broadway in 1959. It was also made into a film, a musical and a television production. George represents those in African-American society who are willing to neutralize their heritage in order to assimilate into the larger white society. In so doing, he jeopardizes his chances with Beneatha, who is ever growing, learning, evolving and embracing her culture wholeheartedly.
George Osborne (Vanity Fair) George Osborne is the dashing and utterly self-absorbed young man in William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1847 satirical novel, Vanity Fair, one of the many who fall victim to the charms of Miss Becky Sharp. He is an unfortunately profligate character who marries against his father’s wishes, flirts with other women, spends all his money, is disinherited, and dies in battle, leaving a wife and son without any means of support. Seemingly irredeemable, he does have one trait that endears him to us – he is extraordinarily good looking! (Well, sometimes that counts…)
George Wilson (The Great Gatsby) George Wilson is a minor but pivotal character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby. Poor George is a poster boy for the axiom “Bad things happen to good people”. He is a hard working man who is faithful to his wife (in fact, he adores her), and what happens to him? He finds out his wife is having an affair, he confronts her, and she dashes into the street and is killed by the fateful oncoming hit-and-run automobile. Mistakenly thinking it is Jay Gatsby who was the driver; George kills Gatsby and then turns the gun on himself. What a bum rap!
Boogie For George - a song by UFO
By George - instrumental by Skyclad
By George - a song by Stuart Marty
Danse With Me George - a song by Ambrosia
Dum Dum George - a song by Van Morrison
George - a song by Jude
George Jackson - a song by Bob Dylan
George of The Jungle - a song by Weird Al Yankovic
George's Bar - a song by Pat Green
George's Helper - a song by Pete Murray
Goodbye George - a song by Van Morrison
Here Comes Dumb George - a song by Van Morrison
Hold On George - a song by Van Morrison
King George Street - a song by Squeeze
Madame George - a song by Van Morrison
My Friend George - a song by Lou Reed
Oh, George - a song by Foo Fighters
Shorty George - a song by Count Basie
St. George and The Dragon - a song by Toto
The Earnest of Being George - a song by The Bee Gees
The George and the Dragon - a song by Herman's Hermits
Uncle George - a reggae song by Steel Pulse
Yo George - a song by Tori Amos
Bark, George (Jules Feiffer) - When George's mother tells her son to bark, he meows. She patiently explains that "Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George." But he quacks! Then oinks. Then moos. Becoming less patient and more exasperated, George's mom takes him to the vet, who reaches deep down inside the errant pup, and, much to everyone's surprise, pulls out a cat! Then a duck, a pig, and finally a cow. George is cured, and barks at last! On the way home, his proud mother wants to show off her convincingly doglike son to everyone on the street. But when she says, "Bark, George," he simply says, "Hello." Recommended for ages 2-6.
Disney's George of the Jungle: The Movie Storybook (Barbara Bazaldua) - The only survivor of a plane wreck in the jungle, George is raised by apes, but at twenty-six years old, George finally comes face-to-face with humans when Ursula accidentally happens upon him during one of her safaris. Recommended for ages 9-12.
George Shrinks (William Joyce) - A boy who dreams he is small wakes up to find that it's true, yet still tries to complete the list of chores his parents have left for him in a note. A Reading Rainbow selection. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Super Burp! George Brown, Class Clown (Nancy Krulik) - The first day at a new school is always the hardest, right? No, not always as George finds out the hard way. On the second day at Sugarman Elementary School, he is suddenly seized by uncontrollable burps, burps so loud they practically break the sound barrier, burps that make him do wild and crazy stuff and land him in trouble with a capital T. One thing is for sure: these are not normal burps, they are magic burps - and they must be stopped! But how? Part of a series of George Brown Class Clown. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Complete Adventures of Curious George (H. A. Rey) - Created by Margret Rey and her husband H.A. Rey, the mischievous monkey Curious George has delighted millions of readers for more than 50 years with his hilarious hyjinks. After the birth of Curious George in 1941, six titles completed the series, which have since been translated into 12 languages. This wonderful 416-page collector's edition (with all seven of the original Curious George titles in one colorfully illustrated volume) features Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. The intrepid monkey--who represents the insatiably curious (and invariably accident-prone) soul in all of us-- captures the heart of everyone he meets. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named George - George Washington (First U.S. President); George Herbert Walker Bush (U.S. President); George W. Bush (U.S. President ); George Clooney (actor); George Frideric Handel (composer); George Steinbrenner (baseball owner); George Burns (comic/actor/entertainer); George Carlin (comedian); George Lopez (actor/comedian); George Lucas (director/screenwriter); George Orwell (author); George Alan O'Dowd (aka Boy George/musician); George Segal (actor); George Stephanopoulos (political advisor/journalist); George Thorogood (musician); George Takei (actor); George Gershwin (musician); George Foreman (boxing legend); George Hamilton (actor); George Michael (musician); George Clinton (musician); George Jones (musician); George Allen (football coach); George Blanda (football player); George Brett (baseball player); George Davis (baseball player); George Foster (baseball player); George Kell (baseball player); George Kelly (baseball player); George Connor (football player); George Halas (football); George McAfee (football player); George Musso (football player); George Brown (hockey player); George Dudley (hockey player); George Hainsworth (hockey player); George Hay (hockey player); George Hayes (hockey player); George Leader (hockey player); George McNamara (hockey player); George Richardson (hockey player); George Gervin (basketball player); George Mikan (basketball player)
Famous People who Named their Son George - Babe Ruth (baseball great); Eva Herzigová (model); George Bush (U.S. President); George Straight (country musician); Jane Kaczmarek (actress); John Quincy Adams (U.S. President); Kristin Scott Thomas (actress); Nick Clooney (journalist); Oliver Platt (actor); Rutherford B. Hayes (U.S. President); Tina Brown (author); William Randolph Hearst (businessman)
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) - Lord Byron was a leading English poet and a leader of the Romantic Movement, some of whose most famous narrative works were “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” and “Don Juan”. He was also a social activist, calling upon Parliament to honor the claims of the Luddites, the revolutionary group who opposed the mechanization of labor. Almost as well known for his personal life as for his poetry, Byron was the subject of much gossip and rumor, from the scandal that he had an affair and fathered a daughter with his half-sister, to the numerous other illicit romantic liaisons he instigated in his short life, both with men and women, to his personal excesses and debts. Club-footed from birth, Byron was exceedingly self-conscious of his defect, while being very vain about his good looks and his height (5’11”). It is said that he wore curlers in his hair at night, that he was a strict vegetarian who occasionally ate red meat and then purged. He was aware of his notoriety and seemed to revel in being the living epitome of the “Byronic hero”. His wife coined the term “Byromania”, referring to all the public attention that he got – as the precursor of today’s super celebrities. Lord Byron fathered at least two daughters, one by his short lived marriage to Annabella Milbanke Byron, another as the result of an affair, and possibly a third, the daughter his half-sister gave birth to. When his marriage ended, Byron spent the last eight years of his life abroad, where a somewhat more forgiving societal rule prevailed. In 1824, while preparing to join the Greek uprising against Ottoman rule, he contracted a fever, was subjected to bloodletting, and finally died in Greece, where he is revered as a national hero. It took somewhat longer for such status to attach to him in his homeland, but in 1969, a mere 145 years after his death, a memorial to George Gordon, Lord Byron, was finally placed in Westminster Abbey. Oh, those impulsive Brits!