This is a blog post in which I accumulate all the random references made to other texts, people, pop culture, or just random items in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (pp 7)

John William Draper, photo of moon (pp 7)

Samuel Morse, telegraph (pp 7)

Penny dreadfuls (pp 37)

“Cherry Ripe” song by Charles Edward Horn (pp 37)

“In My Father’s Garden” french song, “Aupres de me Blonde”; lyrics in English (pp 37)

Victoria’s shopping list (pp 41)

Animals found in faerie (pp 61)

Lilim (note this is an entry for a variant spelling)

Gladstone bag (pp 70)

William Gladstone, Earl of Aberdeen (pp 70)

Fishwife and the mermaid, fairy tale (pp 71)

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (pp 71)

“How Many Miles to Babylon?” nursery rhyme (pp 76)

“Rock-a-bye-baby” nursery rhyme (pp 76)

“Rub-a-dub-dub” nursery rhyme, plus a little history if you’re interested (pp 76)

Trees that seek to destroy, as imagined in Phantastes by George MacDonald (pp 77)

Fishpaste (pp 79)

History of reference to “savage aboriginal” (pp 93)

Boadicea (pp 97)

“The Lion and the Unicorn” nursery rhyme and royal coat of arms (pp 110)

Pan (god) (pp 131)

Verdigris (pp 156)

Kubla Kahn by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (pp 168)

23rd psalm (pp 168)

“Quality of Mercy” from The Merchant of Venice (pp 168)

Sermons of Laurence Sterne (pp 192)

Banns of marriage (pp 198)

Mackerel sky, also a traditional ditty on the weather (pp 201)