Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature

Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature


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Literary Landscapes delves deep into the geography, location, and terrain of our best-loved literary works and looks at how setting and environmental influences storytelling, character, and our emotional response as readers. Fully illustrated with hundreds of full-color images throughout.

Some stories couldn't happen just anywhere. As is the case with all great literature, the setting, scenery, and landscape are as central to the tale as any character, and just as easily recognized. Literary Landscapes brings together more than 50 literary worlds and examines how their description is intrinsic to the stories that unfold within their borders.
Follow Leopold Bloom's footsteps around Dublin. Hear the music of the Mississippi River steamboats that set the score for Huckleberry Finn. Experience the rugged bleakness of Newfoundland in Annie Proulx's The Shipping News or the soft Neapolitan breezes in My Brilliant Friend.
The landscapes of enduring fictional characters and literary legends are vividly brought to life, evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works. Literary Landscapes will transport you to the fictions greatest lands and allow you to connect to the story and the author's intent in a whole new way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316561822
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Literary Worlds Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 466,481
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He currently teaches at the California Institute of Technology and specializes in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing. His books include How to Read a Novel and Curiosities of Literature, and he was a major contributor to Literary Wonderlands. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the London Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction John Sutherland 10

1 Romantic Prospects Up To 1914 14

Persuasion, 1817 Bath, England Jane Austen 16

The Betrothed (I promessi sposi), 1827 Lombardy, Italy Alessandro Manzoni 18

La Comédie humaine, 1829-48 Paris, France Honoré De Balzac 21

Wuthering Heights, 1847 Yorkshire Moors, England Emily Brontë 24

Bleak House, 1852-53 London, England Charles Dickens 28

Les Misérables, 1862 Paris, France Victor Hugo 32

Anna Karenina, 1875-77 Tula Oblast, Russia Leo Tolstoy 35

The Return of the Native, 1878 Dorset, England Thomas Hardy 38

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884 Mississippi River, USA Mark Twain 42

Kidnapped, 1886 Highlands, Scotland Robert Louis Stevenson 46

The People of Hemsö (Hemsöborna), 1887 Kymmendö, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden August Strindberg 49

The War of the Worlds, 1898 H. G. Wells, Surrey, England 52

Anne of Green Gables, 1908 Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada Lucy Maud Montgomery 56

O Pioneers!, 1913 Nebraska, USA Willa Gather 60

2 Mapping Modernism 1915-1945 62

The Rainbow, 1915 Nottinghamshire, England D. H. Lawrence 64

Kristin Lavransdatter, 1920-22 Gudbrand Valley, Norway Sigrid Undset 67

The Age of Innocence, 1920 New York City, USA Edith Wharton 70

Ulysses, 1922 Dublin, Ireland James Joyce 74

The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg), 1924 Alps, Switzerland Thomas Mann 78

Mrs Dalloway, 1925 London, England Virginia Woolf 82

The Great Gatsby, 1925 New York City and Long Island, USA F. Scott Fitzgerald 86

Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926 Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, England A. A. Milne 89

The Time of Indifference (Gli indifferenti), 1929 Rome, Italy Alberto Moravia 94

Berlin Alexanderplatz, 1929 Berlin, Germany Alfred Döblin 96

Odessa Stories (Odesskiye rasskazy), 1931 Odessa, Ukraine Isaac Babel 99

Sunset Song, 1932 Aberdeenshire, Scotland Lewis Grassic Gibbon 104

Little House on the Prairie, 1935 Kansas, USA Laura Ingalls Wilder 106

Absalom, Absalom!, 1936 Mississippi and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA William Faulkner 108

Rebecca, 1938 Fowey, Cornwall, England Daphne Du Maurier 112

For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940 Guadarrama Mountains, Spain Ernest Hemingway 116

The Violent Land (Terras do Sem Fim), 1943 Bahia, Brazil Jorge Amado 118

Cannery Row, 1945 Monterey, California, USA John Steinbeck 120

3 Postwar Panoramas 1946-1974 124

The Evenings: A Winter's Tale (De avonden: een winterverhaal), 1947 Amsterdam, Netherlands Gerard Reve 126

Midaq Alley (Zuqaq al-Midaq), 1947 Cairo, Egypt Naguib Mahfouz 130

The Hive (La colmena), 1951 Madrid, Spain Camilo José Cela 133

The Long Goodbye, 1953 Los Angeles, USA Raymond Chandler 136

Under Milk Wood, 1954 Laugharne, Wales Dylan Thomas 140

The Sound of Waves (Shiosai), 1954 Uta-Jima, Japan Yukio Mishima 142

Bonjour Tristesse, 1954 Côte d'Azur, France Françoise Sagan 145

The Lonely Londoners, 1956 London, England Samuel Selvon 148

Peyton Place, 1956 New Hampshire, USA Grace Metalious 152

Voss, 1957 Outback, Australia Patrick White 154

Arturo's Island (L'isola di Arturo), 1957 Procida, Bay of Naples, Italy Elsa Morante 158

Things Fall Apart, 1958 Onitsha, East Bank Niger River, Nigeria Chinua Achebe 161

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960 Monroeville, Alabama, USA Harper Lee 164

The Ice Palace (Is-slollet), 1963 Telemark, Norway Tarjei Vesaas 168

The Master and Margarita (Máster i Margaríta), 1966 Moscow, Russia Mikhail Bulgakov 170

The French Lieutenants Woman, 1969 Lyme Regis, Dorset, England John Fowles 174

The Bluest Eye, 1970 Lorain, Ohio, USA Toni Morrison 177

The Summer Book (Sommarboken), 1972 Pellinki Archipelago, Finland Tove Jansson 179

The Gulag Archipelago (Arkhipelág GULÁG), 1973 Solovetsky Islands, White Sea, Russia Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 181

4 Contemporary Geographies 1975-Present 184

Tales of the City, 1978 San Francisco, USA Armistead Maupin 186

The Dragon Cant Dance, 1979 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Earl Lovelace 189

The Book of Disquiet (Livro do Dcsassossego), 1982 Lisbon, Portugal Fernando Pessoa 193

The Wall Jumper (Der Mauerspringer), 1982 West and East Berlin, Germany Peter Schneider 196

Bright Lights, Big City, 1984 New York City, USA Jay Mcinerney 200

Potiki, 1986 Hongoeka Bay, North Island, New Zealand Patricia Grace 203

In the Skin of a Lion, 1987 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Michael Ondaatje 205

Tracks, 1988 Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota, USA Louise Erdrich 208

Cloudstreet, 1991 Perth, Australia Tim Winton 210

The Shipping News, 1993 Newfoundland, Canada E. Annie Proulx 214

The Summer of the Ubume (Ubume no natsu), 1994 Tokyo, Japan Natsuhiko Kyôgoku 218

Icefields, 1995 Jasper, Alberta, Canada Thomas Wharton 220

The Search Warrant (Dora Bruder), 1997 Paris, France Patrick Modiano 222

The Shadow of the Wind (La sombra del viento), 2001 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Carlos Ruiz Zafón 224

Snow (Kar), 2002 Kars, Turkey Orhan Pamuk 226

The Secret River, 2005 Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia Kate Grenville 230

My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale), 2011 Naples, Italy Elena Ferrante 232

The Explosion Chronicles (Zhàliè zhì), 2013 Henan Province, People's Republic of China Yan Lianke 235

The Luminaries, 2013 Hokitika, South Island, New Zealand Eleanor Catton 238

The Lives of Others, 2014 Kolkata, West Bengal, India Neel Mukherjee 240

Golden Hill, 2016 New York, USA Francis Spufford 242

Black Sugar (Azúcar negra), 2017 Amazon Rainforest, Venezuela Miguel Bonnefoy 244

Contributor Biographies 246

Index 252

Credits 255

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