Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

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National Geographic Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 162 pages
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Anna Quindlen first visited London from a chair in her suburban Philadelphia home—in one of her beloved childhood mystery novels. She has been back to London countless times since, through the pages of books and in person, and now, in Imagined London, she takes her own readers on a tour of this greatest of literary cities.

While New York, Paris, and Dublin are also vividly portrayed in fiction, it is London, Quindlen argues, that has always been the star, both because of the primacy of English literature and the specificity of city descriptions. She bases her view of the city on her own detailed literary map, tracking the footsteps of her favorite characters: the places where Evelyn Waugh's bright young things danced until dawn, or where Lydia Bennett eloped with the dastardly Wickham.

In Imagined London, Quindlen walks through the city, moving within blocks from the great books of the 19th century to the detective novels of the 20th to the new modernist tradition of the 21st. With wit and charm, Imagined London gives this splendid city its full due in the landscape of the literary imagination.

Praise for Imagined London:

"Shows just how much a reading experience can enrich a physical journey." —New York Times Book Review

"An elegant new work of nonfiction... People will be inspired by this book." —Ann Curry, Today

"An affectionate, richly allusive tribute to the city." —Kirkus Reviews
 

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This is the book to give to those Anglophilic bookworms on your list. A trip through literary Lindon as well as historic and modern London was a treat! I was familiar with nearly all the works it ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
7
CHAPTER THREE
21
CHAPTER FOUR
27
CHAPTER FIVE
37
CHAPTER SIX
49
CHAPTER SEVEN
63
CHAPTER EIGHT
75
CHAPTER NINE
85
CHAPTER TEN
95
CHAPTER ELEVEN
111
CHAPTER TWELVE
127
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
137
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
147
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
161
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About the author (2006)

Anna Quindlen is the author of three best-selling novels, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her latest novel, Blessings, came out in 2002. Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992; a selection of those columns was published in the book Thinking Out Loud. She is also author of a collection of her "Life in the 30's" columns, Living Out Loud; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and resides with her husband and children in New York City.

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