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EXAMPLES OF MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS PORTRAYED IN FICTION
Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. And many writers have depicted such relationships in their work (although not always with the positive outcome that is characteristic of mentoring as compared to exploiting another person).

The following list of mentor pairs was compiled by Rey Carr from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research.

If you know of mentor pairs that ought to be added, we have provided an opportunity for you to submit the names and details: Add a Mentor Pair.

EXAMPLES OF MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS PORTRAYED IN WORKS OF FICTION
  • Jacob Kahn is a mentor to Asher Lev in Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev

  • Palmer Kincaid is a mentor to Grove O'Rourke in Norb Vonnegut's novel The Trust

  • Lotty Herschel mentor to V.I. Warshawski in Sara Paretsky's crime fiction novels about a private detective in Chicago

  • Socrates Fortlow mentor to Darryl in Walter Mosley's (2008) The Right Mistake

  • Hoppie Groenewald mentor to Peekay in Bryce Courtenay's book The Power of One. Details and photos (Requires membership in the Peer Resources Network)

  • Basil Hallward and Lord Henry Wooton mentors to Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's book, Picture of Dorian Gray. (Thanks to Robin Bonner for pointing out this connection.)

  • Doyler Doyle mentor to Jim Mack in Jamie O'Neill's book, At Swim Two Boys. (Thanks to Robin Bonner for pointing out this connection.)

  • Dr. O'Reilly mentor to Dr. Barry Laverty in Patrick Taylor's Irish love story, The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty

  • Sam (played by Danny Glover) mentor to Hally (played by Christopher Denham) in the play, Master Harold and the Boys, written by South African playwright Athol Fugard

  • One-Eyed Bill (fictional pirate) mentor to Robert Baden-Powell (Founder of the World Scout Movement Bio)

  • Sir Crammer Ballantine mentor to Kathleen Day Keswick in Marne Davis Kellogg's 2003 suspense novel, Brilliant

  • Big Ed Baumstein mentor to Buddy Palumbo in Burt Levy's 2002 novel, The Fabulous Trashwagon

  • Sergeant Gracey mentor to Detective David Swift in David Park's 2002 novel, The Big Snow

  • Sophia mentor to Manlius Hippomanes (the Bishop of Vaison) in Iain Pears' 2002 novel, The Dream of Scipio

  • Charles Lindbergh (aviator) mentor to Joe Allbright (pilot) in Danielle Steel's 2001 novel, Lone Eagle

  • Rubeus Hagrid mentor to Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's 1999 book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

  • Dr. Kristian Beck mentor to Heather Monk in Anne Perry's 2002 book, Funeral in Blue

  • Marius mentor to Lestat in Anne Rice's 2001 book, Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles)

  • Saidah Samuels (a heart-based financial planner) mentors Iris (a dancer) in the areas of personal growth and financial healing in Tad Crawford's 2001 book, The Money Mentor: A Tale of Finding Financial Freedom

  • Don Juan mentor to Carlos Castaneda

  • Mary Crow (district attorney) mentored by Irene Hannah (federal judge) in Sallie Bissell's 2002 novelA Darker Justice

  • Don Pedro mentor to Claudio (characters in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing)
  • Henry Tilney mentor to Catherine Morland (characters in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey)
  • Dan Cody mentor to James Gatz (characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby)
  • Charles Dickens (Bio) mentor to Wilkie Collins (characters in William J. Palmer's 1994 book, The Detective and Mr. Dickens: Being an Account of the MacBeth Murders and the Strange Events Surrounding Them)
  • John Lambert mentor to Andrew Nash (characters in Paul Piers Read's 1997 talking book, On the Third Day)
  • Hayley Marx (police officer) mentor to Cindy Decker (police officer) (characters in Faye Kellerman's 2000 book, Stalker)
  • Merciless Marvin mentor to Raymond (characters in Jean Van Leeuwen's 1982 book, The Great Rescue Operation)
  • Judge Wilson Caufield mentor to Lauren Kingsley (characters in R.A. Foster's 1998 book, The Mentor)
  • Charles Davis mentor to Emma (characters in Sebastian Stuart's 1999 book, The Mentor)
  • Young King Arthur accepts a dragon as his mentor in Jane Yolen's 1990 book for young adult readers, The Dragon's Boy
  • Professor Dumbledore mentor to Harry Potter both characters in J.K. Rowling's national best seller, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Aaron Weisfield (music teacher) mentor to Claude Rawlings (concert pianist) both characters in Frank Conroy's national bestseller, Body & Soul
  • Portia Damron mentor to Charles Davis (writer) both characters in Sebastian Stuart 's novel, The Mentor
  • Ben Potter (lawyer) mentor to Paul Madriani (lawyer) in the 1993 novel, Compelling Evidence by Steve Martini
  • Sir Arthur Desmond mentor to Thomas Pitt (police inspector) in the 1996 novel, Traitor's Gate by Anne Perry
  • Lord Toranaga mentor to John Blackthorne in the 1976 novel, Shogun by James Clavell

PPR
Peter Pauwel Rubens: Self-portrait, 1628
 
Vel
Diego Velásquez: Self-portrait, 1643
 
Tulp
Paulus Potter: Portrait of his mentor, D. Tulp, 1653

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