Stephen Blackpool (Hard Times) Stephen Blackpool is a character in Charles Dickens’ tenth novel, Hard Times, first published in serial form in 1854. Stephen is a power loom operator in a factory, where conditions are harsh and the owners do not proffer any respect to the workers. Stephen is determined to prove that he is not just an automaton, but a person, a human being, a thinking, feeling individual. To this end he does not join the union of factory workers, thereby ostracizing himself from their company as well. At the same time, he is trapped in a loveless marriage with a psychotic, alcoholic wife, from whom he is unable to obtain a divorce, thereby making it impossible for him to be with the woman he loves. Not enough misery? Let’s have Stephen lose his job, be wrongly accused of a crime, and fall down a mine shaft to an early death. Hard Times, indeed! Oh dear – but it’s still a great name.
Stephen Guest (The Mill on the Floss) Stephen Guest is the socially prominent, handsome young man in George Eliot’s (Mary Ann Evans) 1860 novel, The Mill on the Floss, who falls in love with the impoverished but independent Maggie Tulliver. Although they are both involved in other relationships when they meet, the sexual tension between them is immediate, although it is more pronouncedly romantic on Maggie’s part and more physical on Stephen’s. It is suggested that perhaps Stephen is not as sterling a character as Maggie’s other suitor, Philip Wakem, however, he sure seems like a lot more fun! That’s being a little irreverent, we know, but it just seems so unfair that the 19th century novel has to punish those who color outside the lines. Of course there is a scandal, of course someone’s reputation is compromised, and of course someone dies young. At the end of the day, however, Stephen Guest is one cool dude, and we’re sorry he has to suffer for it.
Stephen J. Dedalus (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses) Stephen Dedalus is James Joyce’s own alter-ego, appearing first in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and then in Ulysses (1922). A young man with ambitious artistic dreams, he lives somewhat apart from others, preferring his own thoughts and philosophizing, agonizing over the death of his mother, and separating from his critical father. He rebels against the mores of the Catholic Church and Irish society that have formed him. He is a complex man, full of the pursuit of his own identity and of understanding his own place in the world. He seems to eschew true human companionship, and looks for an understanding of himself through fictional characters. It is no coincidence that he shares his name with the first martyr of the Church, St. Stephen. As he aimlessly teaches school and sinks deeper into alcoholism, it is the ministering of the protagonist of Ulysses , Leopold Bloom, who offers him hope – a redemption that can be achieved through the acceptance of human sympathy and empathy.
Dr. Stephen - a song by Stephen Lynch [explicit]
Feast of Stephen - a song by Mike Heron
Sad Stephen's Song - a song by Duncan Sheik
Saint Stephen - a song by the Grateful Dead
Stephen - a song by The Hippos
Stephen Song - a song by The Fall
Stephen's In the Sky - a song by Serafin
Stephenville, TX - a song by Jewel
Penguin Pete (Marcus Pfister) - A small penguin befriends a little bird named Steve and tries to learn how to fly. Steve eventually leaves when he migrates with his fellow birds and Pete is sorry to see him go. He learns how to dive off icebergs and dreams of all the adventures still ahead of him. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Stephen's Feast (Jean Richardson) - Based on the Christmas carol, this is the story of the kindness and charity of good King Wenceslas. Stephen is the youngest page at the King's court and is surprised when the King asks him to load up the sleigh and to deliver food and supplies to a poor man and his family. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Stephen - Stephen (various royal members of Hungary); Stephen, King of England (William the Conqueror’s grandson); Stephen (various Roman Catholic Popes); Stephen "Steve" Allen (TV personality and entertainer); Stephen F. Austin (Texas settler); Stephen Baldwin (actor); Stephen Cochran (country music singer/songwriter); Stephen Colbert (political satirist); Stephen Crane (novelist); Stephen Foster (the "Father of American music"); Stephen Hawking (theoretical physicist); Stephen King (author); Stephen "Steve" Irwin ("The Crocodile Hunter"); Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (co-founder of Apple); Stephen Wayne "Steve" Yeager (baseball player); Stevie Wonder (musician)
Famous People who Named their Son Stephen - Barry Gibb (musician); Dar Williams (folk singer/songwriter); Gregory Peck (actor); Hank Greenberg (baseball player); Marie Osmond (entertainer); Robert Altman (filmmaker); Steve Allen (TV personality and entertainer)