Who Was The Real Don Draper? Literary Traveler Investigates

By Alex Nicoll

Don Draper is one of the most distinctive characters in the history of American television. From his slicked hair to his seemingly bottomless glass of bourbon, the star of AMC's hit series Mad Men is instantly recognizable. While Don Draper is a singular character, there’s been a lot of speculation that he was based on a historical figure—one of many ad execs from the 1960's. He is so well-writen, so thoughtfully created, that we suspect he may have been based on a real person. Perhaps there was once a "real" Don Draper, and perhaps we've found him. Below, we've compiled an o...

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