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David Stenhouse describes the real Scottish people who inspired the world's greatest literary characters.

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Shiver me timbers! Today it's the turn of W E Henley, the model for Long John Silver.

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Today he discovers that Lieutenant Pinkerton, who broke the heart of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, can actually be traced back to a nineteenth century Aberdeen man.

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Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! David Stenhouse turns literary detective and delves into the life of Jean Ross, inspiration behind the flamboyant star of Cabaret, Sally Bowles

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David Stenhouse turns his attention to Oscar Wilde's sinister creation Dorian Gray.

The trail leads him to Edinburgh's Morningside and a respectable parish priest called John Henry Gray.

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This week, it's elementary my dear Stenhouse.

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This week, the Scot who got abandoned on a desert island and provided the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.