The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic

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From Atlantis to Xanadu and beyond, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. Here you will find Shangri-La and El Dorado; Utopia and Middle Earth; Wonderland and Freedonia. Here too are Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and the fabulous world of Harry Potter. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in loving detail, and are supplemented by more than 200 maps and illustrations...

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Overview

From Atlantis to Xanadu and beyond, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. Here you will find Shangri-La and El Dorado; Utopia and Middle Earth; Wonderland and Freedonia. Here too are Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and the fabulous world of Harry Potter. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in loving detail, and are supplemented by more than 200 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres. A must-have for the library of every dedicated reader, fantasy fan, or passionate browser, Dictionary is a witty and acute guide for any armchair traveler's journey into the landscape of the imagination.

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The indispensable guidebook to imaginary realms is updated, expanded, and more delightful than ever before. From Atlantis to Xanadu, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. Shangri-La and El Dorado are here, as is Utopia, Tolkien's Middle-earth, and Carroll's Wonderland, as well as the Beatles' Pepperland, the Marx Brothers' Freedonia, and a strange little town called Stepford. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in detail and supplemented by more than 220 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres. Brought up to date with dozens of new entries for such places as Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, this volume is even more comprehensive and entertaining.
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“A book no self-respecting dreamer should be without."—The Economist
“Presented with mock solemnity and written with grace and wit; a pleasure to read."—Newsweek
“A very satisfying work . . . witty and stylish."—The New York Times
Economist
A book no self-respecting dreamer should be without.
New York Times
A very satisfying work . . . witty and stylish.
Newsweek
Presented with mock solemnity and written with grace and wit . . . a pleasure to read.
Library Journal
Since the publication of the first Dictionary in 1980, Manguel (A History of Reading) and Guadalupi, a translator and editor, have accepted suggestions from readers and continued their own research. The result is this updated version--a book that includes imaginary terrains from ancient Greece to Harry Potter's Hogwarts. The authors have set a few limitations for inclusion: "no heavens or hells, no places in the future, none outside the planet Earth, no pseudonymous places such as Wessex or Manawaka." Even with those seemingly extensive restrictions, however, the dictionary runs over 700 pages. Each place is described in detail as if it physically existed outside the reader's imagination. Entries are cross-referenced and See references are provided, as well as illustrations and maps that are difficult to locate elsewhere. A valuable reference source to accompany fiction collections, this new edition is recommended for all school, public, and academic libraries.--Katherine K. Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156008723
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: UPDATED & EXPANDED
  • Pages: 804
  • Sales rank: 680,705
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2008

    Extreamly Excelent Guide to Magical Places

    Outstanding dictionary, places from books, that have dated back to the 1900's. Has all the classic magical lands, e.g. Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Narnia, Oz. Not only does it tell the geographical features, but the related storys to the land. It goes to the point that explains the colors of the Ozian flag and the reasons/origans as to the color choices behind them. Or the certain number of quils and needed books to attend your first year in Hogwarts school of witch craft and wizardary. All in all, it was a fantastic and marvellous book with an ingenious of a repitior.

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