Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created (Literary Worlds Series) (Hardcover)

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By Laura Miller (General editor), Lev Grossman (Contributions by), John Sutherland (Contributions by), Tom Shippey (Contributions by)
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The perfect gift for any lover of literature.

— Grace

Literary Wonderlands is a fun exploration into some of our favorite fantasy worlds, providing background context into the creation, production, and history of these lands. Prepare to visit the worlds of Gormenghast, Game of Thrones, Inkheart, Alice in Wonderland, Le Morte d'Arthur, and much, much more. An awesome book for fantasy lovers like myself!

— Margaret

Description


A glorious collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms.

Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans four thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser's The Fairie Queene to Wells's The Time Machine to Murakami's 1Q84 it explores the timeless and captivating features of fiction's imagined worlds including the relevance of the writer's own life to the creation of the story, influential contemporary events and philosophies, and the meaning that can be extracted from the details of the work. Each piece includes a detailed overview of the plot and a "Dramatis Personae." Literary Wonderlands is a fascinating read for lovers of literature, fantasy, and science fiction.

Laura Miller is the book's general editor. Co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked as an editor and writer for 20 years, she is currently a books and culture columnist at Slate. A journalist and a critic, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the "Last Word" column for two years. She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia and editor of the Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors.

About the Author


Laura Miller is the book's general editor. Co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked as an editor and writer for 20 years, she is currently a books and culture columnist at Slate. A journalist and a critic, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the "Last Word" column for two years. She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia and editor of the Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors.

Praise For…


"A beautiful, enchanting book."—Andrew Sean Greer, The New York Times

"An engaging read on its own merits, Literary Wonderlands is equally valuable as a resource for further reading and as fodder for arguments over the works it includes (and leaves out)."—Florinda Pendley Vasquez, Shelf Awareness

"A beautifully illustrated guide to 'the greatest fictional worlds ever created.'"—Entertainment Weekly


"Deep dive into the inner workings of your favorite literary world in this beautiful coffee table book."—The New York Post


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316316385
ISBN-10: 0316316385
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Literary Worlds Series