As scores of Americans contracted measles in the first weeks of 2015, many readers discovered a 1988 open letter from British author Roald Dahl about his 7-year-old daughter’s death from the disease a quarter-century before.
Many would consider being knighted or otherwise honored by England’s royals a dream come true. But more than 200 rebellious Brits have declined or returned the honor, refusing to hand their names and legacies over to rulers seeking to bolster their own dubious reputations. John Lennon and authors Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis are on that list.