John Bemelmans Marciano
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Ludwig Bemelmans' first introduced the plucky heroine back in 1939. Now, his grandson carries on the tradition of the little girls in two straight lines. And if there was any confusion, he would like to set the record straight: It's not an orphanage; Miss Clavel is not a nun; and Madeline isn't French.
Did you know that the word "Frisbee" is derived from Mary Frisbie, a woman who made pies in Connecticut? Or that "silhouette" originated with Etienne de Silhouette, an 18th century French finance minister? John Marciano shines light on these and many other etymological mysteries in Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words.