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Leave her in kneesocks and hair ribbons and let me grow up, unencumbered by my literary alter ego, my paper-bound better half, the me I was supposed to be.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  a second self — in one of various senses:
1. another side of one’s personality that is less frequently seen
2. an inseparable friend
3. a person who is a perfect substitute for another
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  • Leave her in kneesocks and hair ribbons and let me grow up, unencumbered by my literary alter ego, my paper-bound better half, the me I was supposed to be.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • His identification with Wolfe was so complete that it was as if he were the writer’s alter ego—and this was excruciating to me, since like countless young men of my generation I had gone through the throes of Wolfe-worship, and I would have given all I had to spend a chummy, relaxed evening with a man like the Weasel, pumping him for fresh new anecdotes about the master, voicing phrases like "God, sir, that’s priceless!" at some marvelous yarn about the adored giant and his quirks and…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Bree is no imaginary playmate, no overactive pituitary, no alter ego, moving in.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • I’d always thought of him as Baba’s quiet alter ego, my writing mentor, my pal, the one who never forgot to bring me a souvenir, a saughat, when he returned from a trip abroad.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • Mine was simple: a "KK" with a circle around it, standing for Kid Kupid, an alter ego I assumed to advertise my largely imaginary prowess with the young ladies.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • (The latter is a reference to Tolstoy’s protagonist and alter ego, Pierre Bezuhov, altruistic, questing, illegitimately born.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Liet was the Fremen alter ego, the other face of the tame planetologist.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In fact, Lawrence encodes his illness into the physiognomy, personality, and general health of his various alter egos.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • By the middle of November, Marion had been dating Steve the accountant for just about as long as I’d been seeing Macon And slowly, he was beginning to show his alter ego.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • The rest of their time, apparently, was spent drawing up sketches of their game "alter egos" and combating strange trolls and demons by rolling dice in somebody’s basement.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby

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  • Her body would become his second, his assistant, his alter ego.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He was Elliot Stevens, senior aide to the president of the United States-some said his alter ego.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Although the Marines generally warned their troops against forging too many friendships—knowing that combat would rip huge, heartbreaking holes in these networks—the Corps recommended that each man identify one other who would be his close ally, eyes and ears, his alter ego in combat.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • These people might not take that high view of you which I have always taken, as an alter ego, a right hand—though I always looked forward to your doing something else.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …irrepressible, dominant, despotic Legrandin, if he lacked our Legrandin’s charming vocabulary, shewed an infinitely greater promptness in expressing himself, by means of what are called ’reflexes,’ it followed that, when Legrandin the talker attempted to silence him, he would already have spoken, and it would be useless for our friend to deplore the bad impression which the revelations of his alter ego must have caused, since he could do no more now than endeavour to mitigate them.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • A traveling salesman with an alter ego or a deeply antisocial sense of self?
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Lou jokes about his alter egos discussing problems at night.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • But was that enough to have prompted the creation of an alter ego?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Our announcements followed, and thereafter Warden was no longer available even in his computer alter ego.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The blaze did minimal damage, but he filed a claim for $6,000 on a policy acquired by his fictional alter ego, Hiram S. Campbell.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • His authority, as Woestijne’s alter ego, was imposing on paper but feeble in action, and it was worthless against the stubbornness which he aroused.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Such a dog-lover talks baby talk to mature and thoughtful animals, and attributes his own sloppy characteristics to them until the dog becomes in his mind an alter ego.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • He liked to dance with Caroline; she was a popular partner— except for a tendency to swing her partner instead of letting him swing her— but he was careful not to spend much social time with her because she was his right hand, his alter ego.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Oh, to be the alter ego of his polygamous life!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Associated words [difficulty]:   alter ego [6] , ego [2] , egotist [4] , egocentric [8]
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