Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

National Geographic Society

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Long before she became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a bestselling novelist, Anna Quindlen was a voracious reader. In book after book, she found herself somewhere in London—in a Dickensian alleyway with Oliver Twist, in a sparse bedsit with one of Barbara Pym's spinsters, or out and about with the Bright Young Things of Evelyn Waugh—and soon she was thoroughly under the spell of the ancient, sprawling city by the Thames. 

This delightful book is a tale of three cities: the fictional London that lives in the pages of writers from Shakespeare to P. D. James to Martin Amis; the historical metropolis where so many immortal authors have made their homes; and today's vibrant capital. Quindlen evokes all three with skillful aplomb as she strolls from Sherlock Holmes's digs on Baker Street to elegant squares that summon characters from Thackeray and Trollope. At once a tribute to a great city and a celebration of the rich literature it has inspired, this is a gifted writer's irresistible vision of a world both imagined and utterly true.


Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.

Format: Paperback
Year published: 2006

Pages: 162
Imprint: National Geographic Society

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