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ISBN10: 0151005419
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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.

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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. 220 line illustrations.

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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 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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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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keramoso, January 20, 2008 (view all comments by keramoso)
Originally envisioned as a "Baedecker . . . to some of the places of literature," this tome became, more accurately, an encyclopedia of the most riveting kind. Listed are castles, cities, kingdoms, dangerous wastelands, utopias . . . all locales originally created as part of some work of literature. I immediately tested it by looking up old familiar friends, such Hadleyburg (Mark Twain), Herland (Charlotte P. Gilman), or General Zaroff's evil island in the Caribbean. Along with detailed descriptions that describe these places as their authors imagined them, the editors have frequently included maps and drawings (cleverly done by James Cook and Graham Greenfield), such as a sketch of Lilliput (of Gulliver's Travels), a pictorial representation of "one of the giant ants of Azar" about to eat a "wayward traveller," and detailed charts to help us imagine our way around Middle Earth or Narnia. (There is also an amusing "portrait" of "a Flatland priest and his wife"--a circle with nothing inside it.) Perhaps best of all, the entries present the information as if these places truly did exist, an approach that can lead to wistfulness for those of us who would love to visit Atlantis or Hogwarts, but equally to relief that we never have to worry about stumbling, while traveling one day in the Carpathian Mountains, upon Dracula's castle.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151005413
Subtitle:
The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic
Author:
Manguel, Alberto
Author:
Guadalupi, Gianni
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Geographical myths
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
99-8
Publication Date:
20001102
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
220 bandw line illustrations/5 new piece
Pages:
804
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by , 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. 220 line illustrations.
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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 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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