Dead Poets Society: Death of a Romantic

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  1. Dead Poets Society Summary
  2. Dead Poets Society Philosophy
  3. Dead Poets Society Characters
  4. Poems in Dead Poets Society

Is DPS Based on a True Story?

According to the Alumni Department of Montgomery Bell Academy:

“The movie “Dead Poets Society” was written by Thomas Schulman, a 1968
graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy. The teacher portrayed by Robin
Williams in the movie was based on one of Mr. Schulman’s teachers while he
was at MBA, Mr. Sam Pickering. The events in the movie, however, are purely

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