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Posted:  |  Updated: 04/13/12 08:50 AM ET

Friday The 13th: 13 Unlucky Characters In Literature

Superstition scholars squabble over the origins of Friday the 13th. Not historically an unlucky day, it was first deemed so in a late 1800s biography of Gioachino Rossini. Still, we'd look out for puddles and banana peels today.

To honor the holiday, we've compiled a list of 13 very unlucky characters in literature -- some comically foolish, others tragically downtrodden.

Who do you think is the most unlucky character in literature?

Miranda from "The Collector"
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She's a beautiful art student who is taken captive by Frederick Clegg, a winner of the British football pools who is obsessed with her. Paying homage to "The Tempest," she nicknames him Caliban, and attempts several clever escapes, but is ultimately unsuccessful.
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Filed by Madeleine Crum  |