The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Fiction - 755 pages
6 Reviews
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - GarryRogers - LibraryThing

The armchair explorer's guide to the geography of imaginative literature. I thought I knew some of the places well, but I learned more when I saw them through the authors' eyes. This book is a source of ideas, but it's mainly just fun. Read full review

The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

User Review  - mpayne1229 - Overstock.com

I bought this book as a gift for my husband. He and our daughter are enjoying reading about imaginary lands. In addition to the extensive details and descriptions there are maps and drawings included in this book. A great reference book for anyone who enjoys imaginary places! Read full review

Selected pages

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

No Bio

No Bio

Bibliographic information