by Austin Tappan Wright


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On his death, Austin Tappan Wright left the world a wholly unsuspected legacy. Among this distinguished legal scholar's papers were thousands of pages devoted to a staggering feat of literary creation - a detailed history of an imagined country complete with geography, genealogy, representations from its literature, language and culture. In a monumental labor of love Wright's wife and daughter culled from this material a thousand page novel, as detailed as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Islandia has similarly become a classic touchstone for those concerned with the creation of imaginary worlds.

Islandia occupies the southern portion of the Karain Continent, which lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Its civilization is an ancient one, protected from outside intervention by a natural fortress of towering mountains. To this isolated country - this alien, compelling and totally fascinating world - comes John Lang, the American consul. As the reader lives with Lang in Islandia, as he comes to know this magnetic land, its unique people, its strange customs, he may find himself experiencing a feeling of envy, a wish that he, like Lang, be permitted, at the book's end, to return once more and spend the rest of his days in Islandia.

Author Biography: Austin Tappan Wright, a Harvard-educated lawyer, was born to a distinguished family. After serving in the Boston law firm of Louis Brandeis, Wright taught at the University of California Law School (Berkeley) and the University of Pennsylvania. He died at the age of 48 in an automobile accident.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585678259
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Pages: 1040
Sales rank: 340,273
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Islandia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
judymhb More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by my father, a high school English teacher. when I was a teenager. I have read and reread the book. It is such an interesting and beautiful story that, Once started, it's hard to put down.Even though I have already read it, it remains in a prominent place on my book shelf, for undoubtedly, I will read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very easily my favorite book ever, I have read a lot of books but none ever effected me as Islandia did. It is about a made up country that should be real. The customs, the land, the people, the way everything is set up is so wonderful. Once you read this book you will be dying to go to Islandia, to experience it. The only way you can go however is to experience it through the pages of the book. All the characters are so wonderful, so alive. It's about this American man who befriends and Islandian in college. He gets a chance to be an ambassador to Islandia because he speaks the language. When he goes he sees how different Islandia is from the rest of the wourd, he learns so much. This is a truley wonderful book which you will enjoy again and again. The only problem is that while you read this book you are temporarily transported to Islandia but when you finish you have to come back again.