The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

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Harcourt, 2000 - Fiction - 755 pages
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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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Review: The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic

User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

So fascinating to find places that had only existed in books to be sometimes very well mapped out and have a substantial history. This book made me want to search out the stories that some of these places were based on. So, it made me want to read more. I like that. Read full review

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

User Review  - John Stout - Goodreads

Fun to flip through. Full of interesting stuff. But not a book to read from cover to cover. Read full review

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Michael Yamashita has combined his two passions--photography and travel--as a regular contributor to "National Geographic" since 1979. He has received numerous awards, including the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year Competition, and an award from the New York Art Director's Club. He is the author of Marco Polo (White Star, 2005). Gianni Guadalupi has worked for many years compiling anthologies on literature pertaining to travel. He has written numerous books on the culture of travel for White Star.

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