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04/05/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Top 10 Stepmothers In Literature

"Stepmothers get what can only be called a "bum rap" in literature. From Snow White and Cinderella to Tolstoy to Judy Blume, whenever fiction needs a character to pin it on a stepmother comes in handy. Euripedes didn't help our cause when he wrote, "Better a serpent than a stepmother". And it's pretty much been that way since, with stepmothers pitted, in the main, against their stepdaughters, to create stories of two women battling for one man's attention.

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