The literary world is in mourning following the death last week of Good-Time Charlie, the ubiquitous, fun-loving, archetype character who entertained generations in books, plays, movies, and sitcoms. The cause of death was presumed to be his decades of hard partying.

“I guess staying out carousing to the wee hours of the morning finally caught up with him,” said Johnny on the Spot, a friend who arrived at the deceased’s home within seconds of hearing the news.