Answer: there may be many, as well as only some, depending on the perspective. Very famous, for myself (I don’t like Shakespeare very much, except for some sonet and historical theatre) I would take into consideration Milton, whose ‘Paradise lost’ should merit some more remarkable place in human literature, as well as Fielding’s ‘Tom Jones’. Taken from the point of view of it’s historical relevance I’d find some place for notoriety for Burton’s ‘French Revolution’ or Blake’s poem ‘The tiger’. For the rest, I don’t adore specially, although I wouldn’t forget the ‘Pickwick Papers’ in a larger literary collection.
Even more famous, or larger known, are certainly Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes and many more or less unbelievale stories linked to different phases of royalty starting with King Arthur. I can’t but admit that I adore Agatha Christie, although I don’t know whether she may be considered a leading literary character.
Then, there are many other famous people who have escaped my attention, and who should, if they’d really want to deserve their place, eat orange marmelade and drink black tea with a cloud of milk although cardamon tea should neither be neglected.
Most famous, although never personally, are the royal guard and the fox hunters as well as scotch drinking scotch castles hunting ghosts.
No, I don’t like the Beatles nor John Lennon in particular, by they’re very famous, too, along with Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones and Boy George, which I assume a little better. ¨
Perhaps I will remember some others a little later, but it’s not absolutely sure.