Names Nicknames of Places Things Author:Laurence Urdang (Editor) Enter a world of faraway places and strange-sounding names! From Amazonia to Timbuktu, from Atlantis to the Wormwood Scrubs, from the Black Hole of Calcutta to Westminster, this fascinating reference provides descriptive definitions of 1500 real, legendary, and fictional places, streets, natural wonders, landmarks, and other sites of significanc... more »e around the world. A valuable supplement to any ordinary dictionary or encyclopedia.
Concise, authoritative, and a browser's delight, this compendium of culture captures the essence of each place -- its atmosphere, role in literature, relation to the arts, mythical meaning, religious or commercial importance, and topographical aura. Writers, students, and word livers everywhere will find this unique reference infinitely useful and fun to read!« less