The Oxford Book of Oxford by Jan MorrisThe Oxford Book of Oxford by Jan Morris

The Oxford Book of Oxford

EditorJan Morris

Paperback | July 18, 2002

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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 Johnsonand 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.
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...
Title:The Oxford Book of OxfordFormat:PaperbackPublished:July 18, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192804073

ISBN - 13:9780192804075


Table of Contents

ExplanationsMap of Oxford (Drawn by Denys Baker)1. The Learned Imps 1200 - 15582. Peace and War 1558 - 17003. Port and Prejudice 1700 - 18004. The Country House 1800 - 18505. The Power House 1850 - 19146. Coming to Terms 1914 - 1945GlossaryAcknowledgementsIndex

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