101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends, Television, and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our Behavior, and Set the Course of History

ISBN-10: 0061132217
ISBN-13: 9780061132216
Edition: 2006
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Description: An encyclopedic look at several dozen of the most well known "people" of literature, television, mythology, and film. From detectives and criminals (Dick Tracy, Perry Mason, and Norman Bates) to the greats of theater (Hamlet, Shylock, Romeo, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

An encyclopedic look at several dozen of the most well known "people" of literature, television, mythology, and film. 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. The three writers use a variety of styles and approaches, (one essay is told from a canine's point of view), and the tone ranges from scholarly to open comedy.

Dan Karlan originally trained to be a biochemistry researcher at MIT, but after several years changed careers to computer programming. His favorite authors are Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Larry Niven and Poul Anderson.

Allan Lazar is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia and did post graduate work at the University of Chicago where he was also a member of the faculty. He has also served on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons as well as Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School.

Jeremy Salter was born in New York City but grew up in Long Branch, NJ. He has a BS in chemistry from Monmouth College and worked in the drug industry as an analytical chemist. He had studied writing at the feet of Allan Lazar and his dog, Yogi.

Preface
Beginnings: How We Got into Writing This Book
The 101 in Rank Order
Greek and Roman Myths
Prometheus-#46
Apollo and Dionysus-#23
Venus and Cupid-#45
Pandora-#47
Helen-#59
Odysseus-#24
Midas-#29
Pygmalion-#88
Icarus-#80
Hercules-#76
Folktales
Santa Claus-#4
The Pied Piper-#69
The Wandering Jew-#92
Hansel and Gretel-#52
Cinderella, A Rebuttal-#26
Legends
Lilith-#99
Saint Valentine-#58
King Arthur-#3
Robin Hood-#12
William Tell-#42
Don Juan-#40
Interlude: How We Did It-The Ranking Method
Monsters
Dr. Frankenstein's Monster-#6
Loch Ness Monster-#56
King Kong-#74
Godzilla-#38
Stereotypes
Prince Charming-#20
Jim Crow-#13
Mammy-#81
Adventure
Sindbad the Sailor-#82
Robinson Crusoe-#22
Buck-#94
Tarzan-#49
Luke Skywalker-#85
Interlude: Categories
Crime
Sherlock Holmes-#8
Batman-#60
Hans Beckert-#90
Dick Tracy-#77
Americana
Uncle Sam-#61
Uncle Tom-#11
Hiawatha-#71
The American Cowboy-#19
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn-#65
Paul Bunyan-#101
Amos 'n' Andy-#83
G.I. Joe-#48
John Doe-#100
Literature
Don Quixote-#17
Ivanhoe-#97
Ebenezer Scrooge-#16
Captain Ahab-#53
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-#10
The Great Gatsby-#93
Interlude: The Writing Process
Children's Literature
The Little Engine That Could-#31
The Ugly Duckling-#55
Alice-#34
Peter Pan-#70
The Cat in the Hat-#79
Theater
Oedipus-#14
Romeo and Juliet-#9
Hamlet-#5
Othello-#72
Shylock-#27
Figaro-#37
Faust-#36
Madame Butterfly-#89
Siegfried-#7
Willy Loman-#95
Interlude: Who Met Whom?
Movies
The Little Tramp-#73
Dracula-#33
Dorothy Gale-#91
Sam Spade-#68
Citizen Kane-#35
Richard Blaine-#54
Elmer Gantry-#98
Norman Bates-#75
Dr. Strangelove-#87
Bond, James Bond-#51
Atticus Finch-#57
HAL 9000-#66
Women's Liberation
Hester Prynne-#30
Nora Helmer-#25
Lady Chatterly-#15
Nancy Drew-#62
Mary Richards-#39
Buffy the Vampire Slayer-#44
Interlude: Who's Fictional?
Comics and Animation
Mickey Mouse-#18
Betty Boop-#96
Buck Rogers-#84
Superman-#64
Bambi-#41
Commerce
The Marlboro Man-#1
Barbie-#43
Joe Camel-#78
Propaganda
Smokey Bear-#21
Rosie the Riveter-#28
Big Brother-#2
Television
Perry Mason-#86
Archie Bunker-#32
Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock-#50
J. R. Ewing-#63
Kermit the Frog-#67
Afterword
Also-Rans and Near-Misses
Our Thanks

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