Study Guide

Angle of Repose Allusions

By Wallace Stegner

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Paul Goodman (1.1.15)
  • Margaret Mead (1.1.15)
  • John Greenleaf Whittier (1.1.22, referenced throughout)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1.1.22, referenced throughout)
  • Mark Twain (1.1.22, referenced throughout)
  • Rudyard Kipling (1.1.22, referenced throughout)
  • William Dean Howells (1.1.22, referenced throughout)
  • Henry James (1.1.40, referenced throughout)
  • Henry Adams (1.1.41)
  • Joseph Rodman Drake, The Culprit Fay (1.2.8)
  • W.J. Linton (1.2.14)
  • Edward Eggleston (1.2.14)
  • Frank R. Stockton (1.2.14)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (1.2.14)
  • Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1.2.18)
  • Emma Lazarus (1.2.18, referenced throughout)
  • The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1.4.4)
  • George MacDonald (1.4.4)
  • George Washington Cable (1.4.4)
  • John Greenleaf Whittier, Snow-Bound (1.4.4, referenced throughout)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Hanging of the Crane (1.4.5, referenced throughout)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Skeleton in Armor (1.4.6, referenced throughout)
  • Bret Harte (1.4.6, referenced throughout)
  • Edith Wharton (1.4.14)
  • Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1.4.15)
  • William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham (1.4.15)
  • Henry James, The Bostonians (1.4.15)
  • Cicero (1.4.17)
  • John Muir (1.5.4)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1.6.20, referenced throughout)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2.3.59)
  • Theodor Storm (2.3.59)
  • Ivan Turgenev (2.3.59, referenced throughout)
  • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (2.3.13)
  • George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (2.4.6)
  • Hjalmar Boyesen (2.5.48)
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy (2.6.30)
  • George William Curtis (3.3.49)
  • Margaret Fuller (3.3.49, referenced throughout)
  • Louisa May Alcott (4.3.28, referenced throughout)
  • Walter Scott, Quentin Durward (4.3.62)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ode (4.4.54)
  • Helen Hunt Jackson (4.4.62, referenced throughout)
  • Joaquin Miller (4.7.1)
  • Frithiof's Saga (5.1.27)
  • Artemus Ward (5.6.16)
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (7.5.5)
  • Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King (7.7.86)
  • Kate Douglas Wiggin, The Birds' Christmas Carol (8.4.2)
  • Plato (8.6.38)
  • Sir Thomas More (8.6.38)
  • Herman Melville (8.6.38)
  • Samuel Butler (8.6.38)
  • D. H. Lawrence (8.6.38)
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet (9.1.2)

Artistic References

  • Abbott Thayer (1.2.19)
  • Mary Curtis Richardson (1.2.31)
  • John La Farge (1.4.4)
  • Thomas Moran (1.4.4)
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens (3.2.19)
  • Thomas Cole (4.7.1)
  • Winslow Homer (5.1.31, referenced throughout)
  • Joseph Pennell (5.1.31)

Historical References

  • President Grover Cleveland (1.1.22, 7.7.68)
  • George Hearst (1.1.34, referenced throughout)
  • George de Kay (1.2.8)
  • Henry Ward Beecher (1.2.22)
  • Theodore Tilton (1.2.22)
  • Lyman Beecher (1.2.68)
  • Edward Everett Hale (1.2.68)
  • George Washington (1.6.14)
  • Lewis & Clark (2.3.83)
  • Denis Kearney (3.5.13)
  • Clarence King (3.6.4, referenced throughout)
  • Henry Kaiser (3.6.10)
  • Frank Jay Haynes (4.1.22)
  • "Wild" Bill Hickok (4.1.30)
  • Calamity Jane (4.1.30)
  • Buffalo Bill Cody (4.1.41)
  • Captain Jack Crawford (4.1.41)
  • Horace Tabor (4.1.47)
  • William Morris (4.4.61)
  • Samuel Emmons (4.4.63, referenced throughout)
  • John Hay (4.4.64)
  • Rossiter Raymond (4.4.69)
  • Henry Janin (4.5.13)
  • William T. Sherman (4.7.6)
  • Robert E. Lee (4.8.27)
  • Davy Crockett (5.1.3)
  • Lord Ferdinand and Lady Isabella (5.3.6)
  • Edwin Lawrence Godkin (6.1.5)
  • Raphael Pumpelly (6.1.6)
  • Henry Villard (7.5.1)
  • John Wesley Powell (7.6.11)
  • Clarence Dutton (7.6.11)
  • Stanford White (7.7.68)
  • Bronson Alcott (8.6.77)

Pop Culture References

  • Joseph Jefferson (3.2.19, referenced throughout)
  • David Susskind (4.5.6)
  • Grateful Dead (7.5.8)
  • Last Year at Marienbad (9.1.2)