The Legend of El Dorado Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Lacey, Robert. Sir Walter Raleigh, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973, 391 p.

Biography of the English explorer who made two unsuccessful attempts to locate the kingdom of El Dorado in Guiana.

Loy, Jane M. “Quest for El Dorado.” The Americas 31, No. 3 (March 1979): 30-7.

Describes why so many explorations were made to discover El Dorado in northern South America between 1528 and 1595.

Naipaul, V. S. The Loss of El Dorado: A History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970, 334 p.

Depicts how the legend of El Dorado lured Sir Walter Raleigh to attack the Spanish fortress in Trinidad and how events over the next two decades would shape the future of this Caribbean island.

Parry, J. H. The Discovery of South America, London: Paul Elek, 1979, 310 p.

History of the discovery and conquest of the South American continent, including details of the legend of El Dorado which sparked many European expeditions in search of the golden king.

Severin, Timothy. “The Quest for El Dorado.” In The Golden Antilles, pp. 7-23. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

Describes how Spaniards came to believe the myth of El Dorado.

von Hagen, Victor W. “Philip von Hutten's Strange Desires.” In The Golden Man: A Quest for El Dorado, pp. 199-222. London: Book Club Associates, 1974.

Recounts the adventures of Philip von Hutten, a German explorer who spent five years searching for El Dorado.