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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (1980)

by Alberto Manguel, Gianni Guadalupi

Other authors: James Cook (maps and charts)

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"From Atlantis to Xanadu, 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." "Most every fanciful world from books and film is included: Shangri-La and El Dorado are here, as is Utopia, Tolkien's Middle-earth, and Carroll's Wonderland, as well as the Beatles' Pepperland, the Marx Brothers' Freedonia, and a strange little town called Stepford. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in detail and supplemented by more than 220 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres." "Now brought up-to-date with dozens of new entries for such places as Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, this volume is even more comprehensive and entertaining."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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I have several books by Manguel and this large volume is also excellent for the entries, both long and short. The Lord of the Rings, Dracula, Don Quixote, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jonathan Swift, Thomas More, and many beautiful others included. A comparative literature must have. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Sep 12, 2022 |
Fun, but the criteria for inclusion or non-inclusion didn't entirely make sense, so I kept thinking of places that seemed like they should have been in and weren't, or the reverse. But still a fascinating book to browse through for inspiration, anyway. ( )
1 vote JBD1 | Jun 20, 2020 |
This is such a mindblowing expansive, well organized, entertaining collection. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Includes maps and illustrations
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
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. ( )
2 vote GarryRogers | Nov 3, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Manguel, Albertoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guadalupi, Giannimain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, Jamesmaps and chartssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clifton-Dey, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Greenfield, GrahamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, MarkPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Webb, WilliamCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands
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For Alessia, Alice Emily, Giulia, Rachel Claire, and Rupert Tobias
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Foreword: In the winter of 1977 Gianni Guadalupi, with whom I had collected an anthology of true and false miracles for a Parmesan publisher, suggested that we prepare a short Baedecker or traveller's guide to some of the places of literature - he was thinking at the time of a guided tour of Paul Feval's vampire city, Selene.
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"From Atlantis to Xanadu, 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." "Most every fanciful world from books and film is included: Shangri-La and El Dorado are here, as is Utopia, Tolkien's Middle-earth, and Carroll's Wonderland, as well as the Beatles' Pepperland, the Marx Brothers' Freedonia, and a strange little town called Stepford. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in detail and supplemented by more than 220 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres." "Now brought up-to-date with dozens of new entries for such places as Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, this volume is even more comprehensive and entertaining."--BOOK JACKET.

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Atlantis, Hogwarts,
Narnia, Oz, Shangri-La:
Utopias all!
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