ATG Book of the Week: Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created   

Title: Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created 
Author:  Laura Miller
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-0316316385, $29.99;
Imprint: New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2016

“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.”

 

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