|Author||Laura Miller, ed.|
|Cover artist||Jim Tierney|
|Publisher||Black Dog & Leventhal|
|LC Class||PN56.I44L58 2016|
Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created is a 2016 book edited by Laura Miller, co-founder of Salon.com. It is a compendium of "lands that exist only in the imagination," and covers 2,000 years of literary creation. For each work, an entry provides historical context, plot summary, and author biography.
The contents are divided into five chronological sections covering the following works:
Ancient Myth & Legend
Science & Romanticism
Golden Age of Fantasy
New World Order
The Computer Age
Reviewing the book in The Sydney Morning Herald, Steven Carroll declared that "the sweep is impressive." Andrew Sean Greer, writing in The New York Times, found that the book "does its job admirably: succinctly describing each work in detail and providing enough illustrations to inspire delight." However, he found wide variability in quality among contributors, and he questioned the arbitrary choice of works to include. Alec Scott, writing in The Globe and Mail, faulted the book for not explaining the kinship between fantasy and science-fiction genres, and for its inclusion of "schlock" along with truly literary works. Kirkus Reviews said the book features "an encyclopedia’s breadth and lack of depth."
- Carroll, Steven (Dec 5, 2016). "Literary Wonderlands review: Laura Miller's journey through authors' landscapes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- Greer, Andrew Sean (Dec 2, 2016). "Great Fictional Worlds From the Past 2,000 Years". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- Scott, Alec (Dec 16, 2016). "Review: From Middle-earth to Narnia, Literary Wonderlands is a tour of the greatest fictional worlds ever created". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created". Kirkus Reviews. 84 (18). Sep 15, 2016. Retrieved 2018-11-19.