Language of the Land: The Library of Congress Book of Literary Maps

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Have you wondered where Sherlock Holmes's adventures took place, what Ivanhoe or Elizabeth Bennet might look like, or what well-known authors have lived in your state? This new book will answer these questions and more and make literature come visually alive. Language of the Land: The Library of Congress Book of Literary Maps is a follow-up to the popular traveling exhibit of the same name. A useful, compact aid for booklovers, English teachers, and libraries, the book features more than 200 literary maps and 10 literary atlases in the collections of the Library of Congress. These maps identify and locate geographical places associated with authors and their works, serving as a guide to their imaginative worlds.

The book is divided into eight richly illustrated chapters: World Literature, Individual Regions and Countries, Britain, United States, Regions of the United States, Individual States and Cities, Specific Books and Authors, and Imaginary Worlds, Folklore, Myth, Fairy Tales, and Nursery Rhymes. Maps for forty-one U.S. states, as well as major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, are included. Other subjects range from Jane Austen's England, Black Writers, Walden Pond, and classics such as The Red Badge of Courage and The Call of the Wild to the wholly imaginary landscapes of Oz, Middle Earth, and Neverland. A twenty-map color portfolio begins with The Literary Map of Latin America and concludes with An Ancient Mappe of Fairyland.

Each entry consists of a black-and-white photograph of a map; bibliographic information, including the Library of Congress call number; and a brief description. The book begins with author Martha Hopkins's historical introduction to the little known but fascinating cartographic genre of literary maps.

About the Authors:

Martha Hopkins, Exhibit Director in the Interpretive Programs Office of the Library of Congress, curated the Language of the Land exhibit. She holds degrees in English from the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia and has taught English at colleges in Virginia and West Virginia. Her next project is a literary map of Washington, D.C.

Michael Buscher holds a degree in history from the University of Maryland. He has worked with the cartographic collections of the Library of Congress for almost twenty years and is currently the head of the Geography and Map Division's Collections Management Team.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780844409634
  • Publisher: Library of Congress
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 304

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