Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic

Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic

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by Alberto Manguel, Gianni Guadalupi, Ken Nutt, Graham Greenfield
     
 

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From Atlantis to Tolkien's Middle-Earth, this Baedeker of the imagination takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. And now, brought up to date with dozens of invaluable new entries and illustrations, such as Umberto Eco's Island of the Day Before, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and Neil Gaiman's

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From Atlantis to Tolkien's Middle-Earth, this Baedeker of the imagination takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. And now, brought up to date with dozens of invaluable new entries and illustrations, such as Umberto Eco's Island of the Day Before, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, this volume is even more authoritative and comprehensive. Profiled within are lands drawn from Lewis Carroll, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, Jorge Luis Borges, and more. Written with the wit and insight that has made Alberto Manguel a bestselling authority on literature, the book is also a visual treat: more than 200 original illustrations and maps reveal the lay of the land in Oz, Lilliputia, Narnia, and elsewhere. Here are worlds enough and more for every reader, fantasy fan, and passionate browser. 7 X 9-1/4.

Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780676971989
Publisher:
Knopf Canada
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
882
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 9.52(h) x 2.15(d)

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From the Publisher
“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

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