Jonathan Harker (Dracula) Jonathan Harker is one of the central characters of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, “Dracula.” A young and naïve solicitor, Jonathan is sent to Transylvania to assess the estate of Count Dracula, a foreigner who wishes to move to England. Unfortunately, he quickly finds himself a prisoner in the castle. This doesn’t thwart his determination to uncover the real nature of his captor, the vampire Count Dracula. In the end, Jonathan Harker emerges as a brave and fearless fighter.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Jonathan Livingston Seagull) Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the title character of Richard Bach’s novella published in 1970. The story (really, a fable) centers around Jonathan, a seagull who does not conform to the ways of his flock. Seagulls are more concerned with eating than with flight – for Jonathan, learning to fly becomes his obsession and his passion. As a result, he is expelled from his flock and lives the life of an outcast happily focused on his flying. Eventually he meets other gulls like him, seeking a “higher plane of existence.” He befriends the wisest of all the gulls, Chiang, who teaches him to "begin by knowing that you have already arrived." The story is about striving for self-perfection and is loaded with Eastern philosophies. "The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other."
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Bears on Hemlock Mountain (Alice Dalgliesh) - "There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, No bears, no bears at all." Or so young Jonathan is told by the grown-ups as he sets out alone over Hemlock Mountain. But as Jonathan discovers on that cold winter night, grown-ups don't always know… Recommended for ages 4-8.
Shadow-Catcher (Betty Levin) - It’s 1892 and Jonathan Capewell, a farm boy who dreams of becoming a big-city detective, is sent from home to look after his mysterious grandfather. Grandpa is a traveling photographer, and his independent ways have never included family members — certainly not his youngest grandchild. After a grueling journey, Jonathan and Grandpa shoot an image of a puzzling struggle on a raging river in the Maine woods. At first they don't suspect it's anything more than a logging accident. But later the scene comes back to haunt them when a stranger shows an uncommon interest in the undeveloped negatives. Who is this over-friendly stranger? Why does he seem so determined to have those pictures? The clues point to something that Jonathan has already begun to suspect: what happened on the rapids that day was no accident. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Stinker from Space (Pamela Service) - In the middle of an outerspace battle, space warrior Tsynq Yr is forced to land on earth and switch into the body of a skunk. But earth is no place for him. Thank goodness Karen stops by. With her computer-whiz friend Jonathan, the three of them hatch a hair-raising scheme involving all the local skunks and even the space shuttle to get their new friend back into orbit! Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Maia Wojciechowska) - A touching holiday story about a young boy and his widowed mother who ask a scrooge-like wood-carver to carve figures for their Christmas Nativity scene. This is a story of healing and transformation. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Jonathan - Jonathan Taylor Thomas (actor); Jonathan Banks (actor); Jonathan Demme (director); Jonathan Franzen (writer); Jonathan Swift (writer)
Famous People who Named their Son Jonathan - Geraldine Page (actress); Gregory Peck (actor); Paulina Porizokova (model); Ric Ocasek (musician)
Jonathan Swift (30 Nov 1667 - 19 Oct 1745) - Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland to Anglo-Irish parents in 1667. His works are both playfully absurd and extremely witty, but pointed in their targets as contemporary critical social commentary. A grandmaster of satire, Swift’s works (“Gulliver’s Travels” and “A Modest Proposal” most memorably) have been making readers guffaw at the hilariously absurd prose delivered with dead-pan humor. For instance, “A Modest Proposal” is an essay suggesting (quite seriously and grotesquely) that poor Irish people, as a means to avoid their poverty, simply sell their children as food to the wealthy. This was Swift’s way of illuminating society’s inhumane treatment and disregard of the poor. “Gulliver’s Travels” is considered one of the greatest satires on human nature. A brilliant man, Jonathan Swift’s contribution to English literature is immense.