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Classical Notes: February 22, 2011 Archive

The Short Version: The Very Model of the Very Model

Posted at 1:06 PM on February 22, 2011 by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version

Not even the most ingenious imaginations operate in a vacuum. They're in the world, and their achievements often hang on how well they transform the fodder of history, gossip, or the headlines. William Gilbert, for instance (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame), found inspiration for one of his most memorable characters in reports of a busy and blustery soldier serving the Empire.