Allan Lazar The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

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An encyclopedic look at several dozen of the most well known "people" of literature, television, mythology, and film. It explains, for example: - how opera character Siegfried started World War Two - how Ibsen heroine Nora Helmer, TV heroine Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and poster girl Rosie the Riveter popularized womens liberation - how Ivanhoe uncovered the linguistic heritage of Britain - how Icarus invented flight insurance From detectives and criminals (Dick Tracy, Perry Mason, and Norman Bates) to the greats of theater (Hamlet, Shylock, Romeo, and Juliet), the book covers and uncovers the history and influences of major characters of fiction. Some "fictional" were nearly accurate portrayals of real people: Uncle Tom was largely based on a single black slave - and the book Uncle Toms Cabin went on to help trigger the US civil war. Some "factual" characters prove to be purely fictional: William Tell, the Swiss archer of legend, has many parallel stories in legends across the world, and his first appearance in writing came well after the Swiss revolution. Others are just enjoyable, from Archie Bunker to Lady Chatterley to Hercules. The three writers use a variety of styles and approaches, (one essay is told from a canines point of view), and the tone ranges from scholarly to open comedy. The authors include both beloved and controversial characters across literature, commerce, folktale and legend.

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