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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places
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Alberto Manguel, translator, editor, and essayist, is the bestselling author of dozens of books including AHistory of Reading.

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Since the publication of the first Dictionary in 1980, Manguel (A History of Reading) and Guadalupi, a translator and editor, have accepted suggestions from readers and continued their own research. The result is this updated version--a book that includes imaginary terrains from ancient Greece to Harry Potter's Hogwarts. The authors have set a few limitations for inclusion: "no heavens or hells, no places in the future, none outside the planet Earth, no pseudonymous places such as Wessex or Manawaka." Even with those seemingly extensive restrictions, however, the dictionary runs over 700 pages. Each place is described in detail as if it physically existed outside the reader's imagination. Entries are cross-referenced and See references are provided, as well as illustrations and maps that are difficult to locate elsewhere. A valuable reference source to accompany fiction collections, this new edition is recommended for all school, public, and academic libraries.--Katherine K. Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"A book no self-respecting dreamer should be without."--The Economist
"Presented with mock solemnity and written with grace and wit; a pleasure to read."--Newsweek
"A very satisfying work . . . witty and stylish."--The New York Times

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