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The Atlas of Literature

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"The Atlas of Literature" explores the fascinating connection between writers and place. This ambitious and exciting book focuses on writers and works that are intimately bound up with a place and a time, capturing a town, a city, a region, in its literary heyday.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
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E.A. Bucchianeri
If you love reading all the classics and wish to learn more about their importance within modern history, or want to view the other side of the spectrum and see how the progress of western culture influenced the greatest writers through the ages, this volume should be included in your personal library.

Bear with me: I know this introduction sounds as if I were lauding some ponderous academic tome that would bore any casual reader to death, but do not be fooled, this book is actually a pleasant su
Sep 15, 2012 Daisy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daisy by: Alenka
Boy is this useful.
Even if you were never to read a word of this, pore over the maps of cities, countries, parts of the world in different decades or centuries. They pinpoint locations where authors lived and/or wrote and their significant works of the time. It's a brilliant resource and an insightful way to put things in perspective. It's also a great list of book recommendations. Chapter headings in Part Six The Modern World alone include Paris in the Twenties, Harlem's Renaissance, Writers' H
LH Johnson
This sizable and scopey tome aims to provide "a unique account of literature through the ages and across the continents". Theoretically it occupies a space similar to that of Atlas of the European Novel: 1800-1900; a space defined by questioning and reflecting on the era and context of authors and key literary works. This questioning and reflection process is illustrated liberally throughout with intriguing maps juxtaposing Louisa M. Alcott against Nathaniel Hawthorn in Nineteenth Century Boston ...more
Todd Stockslager
Bradbury is the general editor of this collection of encyclopedic two to six page essays on literature of, about, and from a geographic and chronological location. It works best as a reference work, and gave me reading suggestion that will represent a year's worth of well-spent hours.

Suffers from the encyclopedia effect of many contributors with different styles and focuses, and is too specific in some areas and broad in others, but those are quibbles about a great $2 find at the Wake County Boo
I'm really impressed with this book. It's a thorough review of literature as a whole. I began by just perusing it, checking out maps of my favorite literary cities and such, but soon realized how good the articles were and decided to read straight through.

The absolute highlight of the whole book is Arthur Miller's article on the hypocrisy of Broadway, and Hollywood by association (p 244). Also, Dostoevsky's St. Petersburg (p 88), Balzac's France (p 92), Kafka's Prague (p 163), Joyce's Dublin (p1
Fantastic layout. The atlas is divided by place, time period. I've pulled out this book before going to London and Canada and across the USA. I also plan itineraries for my home: New York City.
This is your basic 'survey of literature' tome. But, for me, the design really sets this one apart.

It makes a good use of photos and maps. Plus, certain text is in bold or highlighted in a way so that recall is good and "flipping back to check something" is easy.

It doesn't bog itself down in analysis. I'm sure lit pros and English majors have more detailed books. But this is just right, if even a little fun, for average joes like me.
This is one of Alice's favorite refernce books which selects certain eras and places such as the Harlem literary renaissance or18th century Edinburgh and dinetifies authors, where they lived and what they wrote. Alice has mined this book for many ideas and inspirations.
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