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The 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 - Allan Lazar

The 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

eBook Published: 13th October 2009
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From Santa Claus to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Uncle Sam to Uncle Tom, here is a compelling, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining compendium of fictional trendsetters and world-shakers who have helped shape our culture and our lives. The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived offers fascinating histories of our most beloved, hated, feared, and revered invented icons and the indelible marks they made on civilization, including:

# 28: Rosie the Riveter, the buff, blue-collar factory worker who helped jump-start the Women's Liberation movement

# 7: Siegfried, the legendary warrior-hero of Teutonic nationalism responsible for propelling Germany into two world wars

# 80: Icarus, the headstrong high-flyer who inspired the Wright brothers and humankind's dreams of defying gravity . . . while demonstrating the pressing need for flight insurance

# 58: Saint Valentine, the hapless, de-canonized loser who lost his heart and head at about the same time

# 43: Barbie, the bodacious plastic babe who became a role model for millions of little girls, setting an impossible standard for beauty and style

1. 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 -- 1. Folktales: Santa Claus #4 -- The Pied Piper #69 -- The wandering Jew #92 -- Hansel and Gretel #52 -- Cinderella, A rebuttal #26 -- 3. 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 -- 4. Monsters: Dr. Frankenstein's monster -- #6 -- Loch Ness monster #56 -- King Kong #74 -- Godzilla #38 -- 5. Stereotypes: Prince charming #20 -- Jim Crow #13 -- Mammy #81 -- 6. Adventure: Sinbad the Sailor #82 -- Robinson Crusoe #22 -- Buck #94 -- Tarzan #49 -- Luke Skywalker #85 -- Interlude: categories -- 7. Crime: Sherlock Holmes #8 -- Batman #60 -- Hans Beckert #90 -- Dick Tracy #77 -- 8. 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 -- 9. 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 -- 10. Children's literature: The little engine that could #31 -- The ugly duckling #55 -- Alice #34 -- Peter Pan #70 -- The cat in the hat #79 -- 11. Theater: Oedipus #14 -- Romeo and Juliet #9 -- Hamlet #5 -- Othello #72 -- Shylock #27 -- Figaro #37 -- Faust #36 -- Madame Butterfly #89 -- Siegfried #7 -- Willy Loman -- Interlude: who met whom? -- 12. 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 -- 13. Women's literature: Hester Prynne #30 -- Nora Helmer #25 -- Lady Chatterly #15 -- Nancy Drew #62 -- Mary Richards #39 -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer #44 -- Interlude: who's fictional? -- 14. Comics and animation: Mickey Mouse #18 -- Betty Boop #96 -- Buck Rogers #84 -- Superman #64 -- Bambi #41 -- 15. Commerce: The marlboro man #1 -- Barbie #43 -- Joe Camel #78 -- 16. Propaganda: Smokey Bear #21 -- Rosie the Riveter #28 -- Big Brother #2 -- 17. Television: Perry Mason #86 -- Archie Bunker #32 -- Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock #50 -- J. R. Ewing #63 -- Kermit the Frog #67.

ISBN: 9780061738135
ISBN-10: 0061738131
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 13th October 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia