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  - Jacob Gaston - Goodreads

This book would actually be useful if it had a proper index instead of a reference sheet. This book is a mess. It could only be useful to those who already know what their looking for. Read full review

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

User Review  - Perseis - Goodreads

In our progressively shrinking world, it is no small feat to map the mysterious nor to put to paper, as much as one can, the lands that only a small group of people dared to tread. There were so few ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Alberto Manguel is the author of "A History of Reading" and (with Gianni Guadalupi) of "The Dictionary of Imaginery Places". His novel "News from a Foreign Country Came" won the McKitterick prize in 1992.

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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