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The Oxford Book of Oxford (Oxford Books of Prose) Paperback – September 26, 2002

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`Review from previous edition an admirable book ... full of bustling Oxford life' Times Literary Supplement

`The whole book is composed of choice quotes ... a book in which to put your thumb and pull out a plum' Financial Times

About the Author


Jan Morris, who is Anglo-Welsh by parentage, divides her time between her library house in North Wales, he 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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Books of Prose
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192804073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192804075
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike Chih Kung on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jan Morris captures the history of Oxford with many delightful stories and quotes. The book is great because it takes you on a journey of Oxford through the ages. The dons, the students, formal hall, college rowing are all familiar to someone who have studied at Oxford. There are also things that current students may not be as familiar with such as the history of women in Oxford. This is a great read but I am disappointed that more recent stories are not collected from the newer colleges such as Lady Margaret Hall, St. Anthony's or Mansfield, etc. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable read.
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I'll be attending Oxford next year, and one of my professors recommended this book to me. It explains important (as well as unimportant yet interesting) developments in the campus, and it does so through primary documents such as speeches, letters, diaries, &c. The editor, Jan Morris, delivers excellent and brief introductions to each passage. This is an excellent book if you are doing research on any of the minor details of the campus and need primary research. It is not, however, the light summer reading my professor had me think it was. Instead of the beach, find some time to curl up with this text in a library, public or at home.
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Open this book at random and you're pretty sure to hit on something witty or whimsical or even laugh-out-loud funny; crammed with great stories about titans such as Shelley, Wilde, Newman, C.S. Lewis, etc., as well as little-known, highly eccentric Oxford dons. Beautiful first-hand descriptions of the city itself in its many Arcadian manifestations, plus behind-the-scenes looks at a great, entrenched university adapting itself to an ever-changing world.
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This book is a favorite of Oxonions. There is a lot of information for anyone planning to visit Oxford, living in Oxford, or just wondering about it.
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