Literary Landscapes delves deep into the geography, location, and terrain of our best-loved literary works and looks at how setting and environmental influences storytelling, character, and our emotional response as readers. Fully illustrated with hundreds of full-color images throughout.
Some stories couldn't happen just anywhere. As is the case with all great literature, the setting, scenery, and landscape are as central to the tale as any character, and just as easily recognized. Literary Landscapes brings together more than 50 literary worlds and examines how their description is intrinsic to the stories that unfold within their borders. Follow Leopold Bloom's footsteps around Dublin. Hear the music of the Mississippi River steamboats that set the score for Huckleberry Finn. Experience the rugged bleakness of Newfoundland in Annie Proulx's The Shipping News or the soft Neapolitan breezes in My Brilliant Friend. The landscapes of enduring fictional characters and literary legends are vividly brought to life, evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works. Literary Landscapes will transport you to the fictions greatest lands and allow you to connect to the story and the author's intent in a whole new way.
About the Author
John Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He currently teaches at the California Institute of Technology and specializes in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing. His books include How to Read a Novel and Curiosities of Literature, and he was a major contributor to Literary Wonderlands. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the London Review of Books.
"Part of the attraction of most classic novels is their strong sense of place... [Literary Landscapes] delves into the geography, location, and terrain of 50 beloved books - from Joyce's Dublin to Harper Lee's Monroeville, Ala."
—The New York Times Book Review, 'New & Noteworthy'
"Deep dive into the inner workings of your favorite literary world in this beautiful coffee table book."
—The New York Post
"[Literary Landscapes] is gorgeously illustrated, wide-ranging, and very pleasingly idiosyncratic.... Readers will be reminded throughout of what a vital role location plays in virtually everything they read, and the generous artwork of Literary Landscapes will help to send that reminder home."—Open Letters Review
"This fascinating (and beautifully designed) book looks at how novels' settings impact their plot, character, and tone."