Study Guide

I Know This Much is True Allusions

By Wally Lamb

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

Pop Culture References

  • The Beatles on Ed Sullivan (2.71)
  • John Lennon, "Instant Karma" (2.176)
  • Sesame Street (2.204)
  • Hustler (2.223)
  • Cheers (2.236)
  • Jaws (2.242)
  • L.A. Law (2.246; 26.18; 40.203)
  • Tina Turner (2.250)
  • David Letterman (3.1)
  • Jerry Lewis, The Nutty Professor (3.27)
  • Elmer Fudd (3.27)
  • Maxwell Smart (3.27)
  • Willie Nelson (3.60)
  • Bob Dylan (3.60)
  • Indigo Girls (3.68)
  • Three Stooges (3.68; 5.8)
  • Robocop (4.31)
  • Daffy Duck (5.8)
  • Sylvester (5.8)
  • Tweety Bird (5.8)
  • Road Runner (5.8)
  • Francis the Talking Mule (5.24)
  • The Rifleman (5.26)
  • Jayne Mansfield (5.26)
  • The Wizard of Oz (5.40)
  • Connie Chung (throughout Chapters 6, 7, 9 and 17)
  • Charles Bronson (6.12)
  • Hawaii Five-O (6.24)
  • Geraldo Rivera (6.27)
  • Elvis Presley (6.41)
  • Psycho (7.9)
  • Don Knotts (Barney Fife, Mr. Furley from Three's Company) (7.76)
  • Ivana Trump (7.83)
  • Superman (8.4; 15.227)
  • The Addams Family (8.41)
  • "The Monster Mash" (8.45)
  • Star Trek (9.2)
  • Rambo (9.140)
  • The Music Man (10.5)
  • The Rockettes (10.14)
  • Luke Skywalker (12.2)
  • Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, "Wooly Bully" (12.23)
  • The Troggs, "Wild Thing" (12.26)
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (12.26)
  • Donald Trump (12.38; 30.66)
  • Arsenio Hall (12.39)
  • The Price is Right (12.41)
  • Eddie Haskell, Leave it to Beaver (12.72)
  • Michael Bolton (12.128)
  • Annette Funicello (13.14)
  • Jayne Mansfield (13.36)
  • Jeopardy! (14.15)
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (14.15)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (15.14; 46.132)
  • Night of the Living Dead (15.36; 28.11)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (15.38)
  • Curious George (15.79)
  • Jackie Gleason, The Honeymooners (17.45)
  • Planet of the Apes (18.17)
  • King Kong (18.23)
  • Popeye (18.25, 18.42)
  • Steve McQueen, Bullitt (18.47)
  • James Bond (18.47)
  • Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (18.47)
  • Tonto, The Lone Ranger (19.69; 28.62)
  • Jiminy Cricket (19.109)
  • Lassie (20.23)
  • Jackson Pollock (21.9)
  • Gina Lollobrigida (21.17)
  • Stephen Foster, "Beautiful Dreamer" (21.18)
  • Johnny Weissmuller, Tarzan (21.38)
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (22.32)
  • The Mod Squad (22.261)
  • Charles Manson (24.59)
  • The Twilight Zone (25.95)
  • John Wayne (25.145)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (26.72)
  • David Letterman (27.16)
  • The Monkees (27.16)
  • Rhoda Morgenstern (27.16)
  • Goofy (28.6)
  • Patton (28.26)
  • Jack Benny (28.36)
  • Ted Turner (30.57)
  • Frugal Gourmet (30.168)
  • 60 Minutes (30.333)
  • Carol Brady (30.368)
  • Mary Tyler Moore (30.374)
  • Paul Newman (30.385)
  • Murder, She Wrote (30.392)
  • Rambo (30.396)
  • Batman (30.398)
  • Annie Oakley (30.402)
  • Little Red Riding Hood (34.76)
  • Cinderella (34.80)
  • Bruce Willis, Die Hard 2 (36.96; 44.91)
  • Mickey Mouseketeers (38.4)
  • Eric Clapton (40.18; 42.338; 46.109)
  • The Little Mermaid (40.204; 46.136)
  • The People's Court (40.235)
  • Walt Disney (42.30)
  • George Carlin (42.82)
  • Seinfeld (44.75)
  • The Simpsons (44.75)
  • Olivia Newton-John (44.165)
  • Yanni (46.103)
  • Oprah (46.81, 46.86)
  • M*A*S*H, Hop Lips Houlihan (46.120)
  • Dances with Wolves (46.132)
  • The Naked Gun (46.132)
  • Rodney Dangerfield (47.22)
  • Bob Marley (47.120)