The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

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

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this was a magical find for me years ago and it's uniqueness in the world of giant reference books is begging for me to get an updated version in hard back. there exists one other giant tome in the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Unprecedented, witty, and utterly delightful, this encyclopedia of magical worlds uses a tongue-in-cheek, tour guide sensibility combined with a genunine love for its source material, which together ... 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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