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King Midas, Rosie the Riveter, Tarzan, Barbie, Dracula, and Prince Charming all have one thing in common, they never lived. While these fictional characters never took flesh and blood form, they firmly exist in our popular awareness.
These characters are in some ways more real to us than factual figures from history, and they came into being for a variety of purposes. Some, like King Midas and Captain Ahab, teach moral lessons and serve as warnings, while other characters like Tarzan and Prince Charming bring more adventure and fun than morals into our lives. When a fictional hero defeats a fictional enemy, we rejoice as if something important happened in the real world; when a positive fictional character dies, we mourn as much as if she was a member of our family.
Join Dan Karlan, the co-author of The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived, Tuesday, November 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue, for a fun romp through history’s greatest fictional characters.
This program is part of the library’s literary series and is free and open to all members of the public. If you would like more information or if you are interested in facilitating a discussion, please call Amy Campbell at 232-1263 ext. 106.