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Archipelago: an atlas of imagined islands

Archipelago: an atlas of imagined islands

Lewis-Jones, Huw, editor

Islomania is a recognized affliction. But what is it about islands that is so alluring, and why do so many people find these self-contained worlds completely irresistible? Utopia and Atlantis were islands, and islands have captured the imaginations of writers and artists for centuries. Venetian sailors were the first to make collections of them by drawing maps of those they visited in their isolari - literally the 'island books'. Then in 1719 Daniel Defoe published his tale of a castaway on a desert island, 'Robinson Crusoe,' one of the first great novels in the history of literature and an instant bestseller. Defoe's tale combined the real and the imagined and transformed them into a compelling creative landscape, establishing a whole literary genre and unleashing the power of an island for storytelling

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Thames and Hudson, 2019
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Details

Statement of responsibility: edited by Huw Lewis-Jones ; prologue by Chris Riddell
ISBN: 0500022569, 9780500022566
Physical Description: 192 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm
Subject: Literature.; Imaginary places in art