The goddesses of inspiration for science and art  are usually seen with Apollo on Mount Helicon as painted by Claude Lorrain in 1680.

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Now there are several alternative styles to the same metaphor, presented by Chronicle Books

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Dostoevsky’s wife Anna both inspired his work and self-published his work (drawing above right by L Callagha).

Christopher Morcom was Alan Turing’s first love, offering competitive challenges to problems of mathematics and science (the illustrator below is K Negley)

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Sophie Dahl was Roald’s mother and told him many of the Norwegian myths he used in his own stories (drawing by J Eckwall, above right).

Others included are Thomas Watson, the assistant to Alexander Bell who had the idea of ringing a bell for an incoming call (drawing by Y Kim, below left).

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Gwen John was Auguste Roden’s muse (K Coetzer’s illustration is above right).

Though they are not mentioned in the new volume, some say that politicians have help from their muse.