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Aesop

The ancient storyteller Aesop is famous for his fables: short tales which illustrated truths about life and human nature. Most of Aesop's fables feature familiar animals, including "The Grasshopper a…

Will Eisner

Will Eisner was the innovative and influential illustrator who is often referred to as the "grandfather" of the graphic novel. Eisner got his start drawing comic strips in New York in the 1930s. His…

Jean Shepherd

Jean ShepherdAge: 78 radio personality whose popularity carried over to movies, TV, the stage, and the literary world. A gifted storyteller who appealed to a wide audience, one of Sheperd's mo…

C. Vann Woodward,

C. Vann Woodward,Comer Vann Woodwardhistorian Born: 11/13/1908Birthplace: Vanndale, Arkansas Pulitzer Prize-winning storyteller and historian who chronicled the upheaval of the turbulent South…

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

New Yorker Video; $89.95; NRDirector: Jacques RivetteCast: Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier This French New Wave masterpiece has cultivated a reputation as one of the most legendary, hard-…

Sergei Eisenstein

Russian filmmaker Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein is considered one of the architects of the language of cinema, a director-theorist whose reputation rests on a handful of films made in the 1920s and '…

Werner Herzog

Name at birth: Werner StipeticFilm critics can't seem to decide whether Werner Herzog is a genius or charlatan, but his position as one of the most well-known German "new wave" filmmakers of the late …

Kendrick Lamar

Name at birth: Kendrick Lamar DuckworthKendrick Lamar is a hip-hop star from Compton, California, the rapper of the hit singles "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice," and the Grammy-winning ar…

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim wrote music or lyrics for West Side Story, Company, A Little Night Music and nearly a dozen other hit Broadway musicals of the late 20th century. His break came in the early 1940's w…

Odysseus

Latin name: Ulysses Odysseus is the great hero of The Odyssey, the classic tale by the ancient bard Homer. The Odyssey tells of Odysseus's 10-year struggle to return from the Trojan War to his home …