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Read a book once in your life!

Joanna By Joanna Published on April 15, 2016

Despite all his obvious flaws, one thing that turns Sterling Archer around to flawsome for me is the fact that he is quite well-read. Here's a non-comprehensive list of some of the surprising literary and comic book references in Adam Reed's popular show:

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Peter Abelard (1079-1142), medieval French scholastic philosopher

John Buchan's (1875-1940) Greenmantle

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon

Charles Addams' The Addams Family

Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) 

Allen Ginsburg's (1926-1997) Howl

Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Robert Ludlum's The Road to Gandolfo

Jonathan Edwards' (1702-1758) sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

C.S. Forester's (1899-1966) Horatio Hornblower novels

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O Henry (1862-1910)

Isaac Asimov's (c.1920-1992) Robot series

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-Men series

Elmore Leonard's short story Three-Ten to Yuma

Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story White Nights or Menachem Begin's memoir White Nights

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's The Avengers


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J.R.R. Tolkien's (1892-1973) The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Mark Bowden's Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

Carl Burgos' Fantastic Four series

Ian Fleming's Casino Royale

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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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Herman Melville's (1819-1891) Bartleby the Scrivener

John Steinbeck's (1902-1968) Of Mice and Men

Emily Post (1872-1960)

Walt Whitman's (1819-1892) poem "O Captain! My Captain!"

William Ernest Henley's (1849-1903) poem "Invictus"

William Safire (1929-2009)

Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now

Tom Godwin's short story "The Cold Equations"

Lord Byron's poem "The Destruction of Sennacherib"


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George Orwell's (1903-1950) Animal Farm

Stephen King's Cujo

Manning Coles' (Adelaide Frances Oke Manning and Cyril Henry Cole) Tommy Hambledon novels

Victor Hugo's (1802-1885) The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

T. S. Elliot's (1888-1965) poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Émile Zola's (1840-1902) J'accuse ...!

Jorge Luis Borges' poem "Inferno, I, 32"

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Wilson Rawls' (1913-1984) Where the Red Fern Grows

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The Faust legend: possibly Christopher Marlowe's (1564-1593) The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's (1749-1832) Faust

Theodore Seuss Geisel's (1904-1991) The Lorax 

Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitter's Club series

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Rien Poortvliet (1932-1995), Dutch illustrator of Gnomes (Leven en werken van de kabouter)

Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction

Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October

Mary Rodgers' Freaky Friday

Robert Newton Peck's A Day No Pigs Would Die




Joanna is a Front-End Developer at Bookwitty. You can actually find a coffee cup from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw artist lounge on her desk. She has twice won certificates of honour (and a free ... Show More