The Oxford Book of Oxford

The Oxford Book of Oxford

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In this entertaining and lively anthology, Jan Morris traces the history of the University from its foundation in the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century, combining extracts from contemporary observers with her own informative commentary. The reader is invited to view the development of the college system, the creation of the Bodleian, Magdalen's defiance of James II, Newman, and the Oxford Movement. The life and times of Oxford are exalted or derided by writers ranging from the antiquarian Anthony Wood to Evelyn Waugh, Dr Johnson and Mr Gladstone, Hilaire Belloc and Thomas Hardy. Unworldly scholars and eccentric dons walk the pages, accompanied by the great characters of Oxford such as Benjamin Jowett, Sir Maurice Bowra, and William Spooner.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 162.6 x 201.7 x 22.6mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0192804073
  • 9780192804075
  • 584,415

About Jan Morris

Jan Morris, who is Anglo-Welsh by parentage, divides her time between her library house in North Wales, her dacha in the Black Mountains of South Wales, and travels abroad. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University College of Wales. Of her work Paul Theroux has remarked, 'I don't think that there is a writer alive who has Jan Morris's serenity or strength'. Her many publications include: Venice (1960), Oxford (1965), the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968), and The Matter of Wales (1984). She has also published a novel, Last Letters from Hav, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize, as well as books on Hong Kong, Manhatten, and Sydney.show more

Table of contents

Explanations ; Map of Oxford (Drawn by Denys Baker) ; 1. The Learned Imps 1200 - 1558 ; 2. Peace and War 1558 - 1700 ; 3. Port and Prejudice 1700 - 1800 ; 4. The Country House 1800 - 1850 ; 5. The Power House 1850 - 1914 ; 6. Coming to Terms 1914 - 1945 ; Glossary ; Acknowledgements ; Indexshow more

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The whole book is composed of choice quotes ... a book in which to put your thumb and pull out a plum * Financial Times * Review from previous edition an admirable book ... full of bustling Oxford life * Times Literary Supplement *show more

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