Study Guide

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Allusions

By David Grann

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Arthur Conan Doyle (Preface.6) (1.3) (3.1) (4.30) (10.6) (17.21)
  • William Shakespeare, including Othello (1.8) (4.22)
  • Charles Dickens (1.19)
  • Evelyn Waugh, A Handful of Dust (2.8)
  • Ernest Hemingway (2.12) (18.25)
  • Mark Twain (4.12)
  • William Butler Yeats (4.28)
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (4.30)
  • Sigmund Freud (4.30)
  • Charles Darwin (4.30) (12.13) (14.19)
  • Sir Henry Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (4.35)
  • E. M. Forster (4.35)
  • Joseph Conrad (4.40)
  • Rudyard Kipling, "The Explorer" (8.3) (8.12)
  • Lewis Carroll (17.39)
  • Ian Fleming (22.50)
  • Homer, The Odyssey (22.57)
  • Graham Green (24.12)

Historical References

  • Thomas Hobbes (Preface.5)
  • Christopher Columbus (Preface.6) (8.15)
  • David Livingstone (1.2) (4.34) (22.10)
  • Sir Walter Raleigh (1.8) (15.12)
  • Amelia Earhart (2.12)
  • Richard Francis Burton (4.34)
  • Giacomo Puccini (8.15)
  • Ernest Shackleton (Chapter 12) (17.15)
  • Judas (12.42)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (12.45) (14.35) (22.11)
  • Winston Churchill (14.21) (17.8)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche (14.25)
  • Hernán Cortés (15.4)
  • World War I (17.2)
  • Woodrow Wilson (17.45)
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (18.33)
  • Henry Morton Stanley (22.10)

Pop Culture References

  • 60 Minutes (3.18)
  • James Bond (7.17)
  • Babe Ruth (17.45)
  • Clark Gable (18.2)
  • Mary Pickford (18.2)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (18.3)
  • Road to Zanzibar with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (21.48)
  • Adventures of Tintin (21.48)
  • Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils (21.50)