07/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Talking Animals In Literature: Why Do We Love Them So Much?

From Achilles' horse to Lassie, animals provide moral authority and sympathy in fiction, often giving voice to the silenced and oppressed. Andrew O'Hagan, who has written a novel from the perspective of Marilyn Monroe's pet terrier, on what literature's eloquent creatures tell us about being human

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