Exhibition: Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration


Tue - Sat, Jan 16 to Apr 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Houghton Library, Harvard Yard

Landmarks: Maps as Literary IllustrationPresented in conjunction with the bicentenary of the Harvard Map Collection, this exhibition brings together over sixty landmark literary maps, from the 200-mile-wide island in Thomas More’s Utopia to the supercontinent called the Stillness in N. K. Jemisin’s 'The Fifth Season.'

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Free and open to the public – no Harvard ID necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhibition Runs: January 16 through April, 14, 2018
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM

Maps enjoy a long tradition as a mode of literary illustration, orienting readers to worlds real and imagined.  Visitors to "Landmarks" will traverse literary geographies from William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County to Nuruddin Farah’s besieged Somalia; or perhaps escape the world’s bothers in Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. At this intersection of literature and cartography, get your bearings and let these maps guide your way.