Study Guide

You Should Have Known Allusions

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Betty MacDonald (1.3)
  • Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman (1.11)
  • Book of Kells (2.30)
  • L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (3.59)
  • Hedonism (3.67)
  • Steven Birmingham, Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York (5.84)
  • The Bible, Ezekiel 1:15-21 (5.91)
  • Beatrix Potter, The Tailor of Gloucester (5.93)
  • Franz Kafka, The Trial (5.93)
  • Ellen Fein and Sherry Schneider, The Rules (10.175, 10.181)
  • Truman Capote (10.181)
  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (10.183)
  • Dante, Inferno (12.203-204)
  • Jack London, To Build a Fire (13.214, 19.348)
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Demon Lover (13.217)
  • William Golding, Lord of the Flies (13.221-222)
  • C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (13.223)
  • Stephen King (13.229)
  • John Grisham (13.229)
  • Jean Auel (13.229)
  • The Bible, Job 38:11 (13.234)
  • James Fenton, A German Requiem (13.237)
  • Dorothy Parker (15.261)
  • Mary A. Wilson, Mrs. Wilson's Cookbook (16.272)
  • Lizzie Black Kander, The Settlement Cookbook (16.272)
  • Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken (17.293, 19.344)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (18.315, 19.323)
  • Jonathan Swift (19.323)
  • Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird (19.323)
  • John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (19.323)
  • David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross (19.330)
  • Voltaire (19.330)
  • Edith Wharton (19.333)
  • Zen Buddhism (19.338)
  • Lillian Hellman, The Children's Hour (19.343)
  • The Bible, Armageddon in the Book of Revelation (21.375)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (22.390)
  • J.K. Rowling, Quidditch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (23.406)

Historical References

  • Shaker Tree of Life (2.36)
  • Elysium, from Greek mythology (3.55)
  • Mayflower (3.58)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata no. 1 in G Minor (3.63, 23.414)
  • Siren songs, from Greek mythology (5.83)
  • Rembrandt sculptures (5.89)
  • Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore at the 2000 Democratic National Convention (5.92)
  • 9/11 terror attack (8.125, 15.264)
  • Baroque chamber music (8.134)
  • Luddites (8.134)
  • Libby Zion Law (9.147)
  • Procrustes, from Greek mythology (11.193)
  • George Friederic Handel (11.195)
  • Asclepius, from Greek mythology (12.207)
  • George Balanchine, choreographer (13.226)
  • Watergate scandal (13.228)
  • Vietnam War (13.228)
  • President Ronald Reagan (13.228)
  • Senator Joe McCarthy (13.228)
  • Civil Rights Movement (13.228)
  • Iran-Contra scandal (13.228)
  • Meleager, from Greek mythology (14.224)
  • Emily Post (14.241)
  • World War II (16.274)
  • B.F. Skinner (16.276)
  • Lou Gehrig (17.289, 17.291)
  • N**** league baseball (17.294)
  • Johann Strauss, Blue Danube (18.308)
  • Mount Parnassus, from Greek mythology (19.320)
  • Civil War (19.323)
  • Margaret Mead (19.323)
  • EPA Superfund cleanup (19.333)
  • Julius Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon (23.416)
  • Rosetta Stone (23.418)

Pop Culture References

  • Vogue magazine (all of Chapter 1, 17.292)
  • Tom Colicchio (1.9)
  • More magazine (1.10)
  • Associated Press (1.10, 20.362)
  • New York magazine (1.20, 4.75, 10.183, 17.288)
  • Matt Lauer (1.22)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (1.22)
  • Eliot Porter (1.25)
  • Broadway Kids (1.32)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (2.49-50)
  • One Life to Live (4.70)
  • McMansions (4.73)
  • Elaine Stritch (4.75)
  • Stephen Sondheim (4.75)
  • Wendy Wasserstein (4.75)
  • The Temple of Dendur, art exhibit at The Met (5.80)
  • Vanity Fair magazine (5.81)
  • Architectural Digest magazine (5.81)
  • Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (5.88, 7.112)
  • Anna Wintour (5.89)
  • The Today show (6.99, 17.292)
  • New York Post (6.104, 15.266, 17.288, 20.362)
  • The New York Times (7.123, 10.171, 17.288, 19.349)
  • Law & Order (8.125)
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas tree (8.129)
  • Masterpiece Theatre (8.131)
  • Alison Krauss (8.134)
  • UrbanBaby, an NYC mom gossip site (8.137)
  • New Yorker (8.140)
  • Bobby Short (8.140)
  • NY1, cable news in NYC (8.149, 9.161, 17.288)
  • The Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan musical (9.154)
  • Quentin Tarantino (9.160)
  • Page Six (9.162)
  • "Rosebud," Citizen Kane (9.166)
  • Good Morning America (9.166)
  • The View, Barbara Walters (10.171)
  • Dr. Laura (10.175)
  • Martha Stewart (10.177)
  • Daily Beast (10.181)
  • William Greenberg, NYC pastry chef (11.195)
  • Rubik's cube (12.204)
  • Elsa Peretti, Tiffany & Co. jewelry designer (13.230, 13.233 )
  • Cosmopolitan magazine (14.239)
  • John Lennon (14.245)
  • Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer (14.249)
  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream (16.281)
  • Ken Burns documentaries (17.294)
  • People magazine (17.298)
  • 2001, sci-fi movie (18.301)
  • Hayao Miyazaki (19.322)
  • Forrest Gump (19.324)
  • Tim Burton (20.351)
  • Charlie Daniels, The Devil Went Down to Georgia (23.416)
  • Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog film (24.435)