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As 'the English Athens', Oxford has long been central to the country's cultural life. For over six centuries the city has been lauded, slighted and analysed in the pages of English literature. While it has been hailed as a bastion of excellence, beauty and truth on the one hand, it has also been denigrated for its elitism, exclusivity and insularity on the other. Oxford in English Literature provides for the first time a detailed overview of the literary representations, ranging from Chaucer's account of medieval students to modern-day detective stories. The book begins with the legend of the eighth-century Princess Frideswide, the city's patron saint. Praise for an English Athens first arose in the glad springtime of Elizabethan times, and after the disruptions of the Civil War the university settled back on its laurels, leading to the virulent denunciations of the eighteenth-century. The popularity of the Oxford Novel in the early nineteenth century coincided with a Romantic upsurge in affection for the university, culminating in Matthew Arnold's eulogy and the Oxford Myth of the early twentieth century. The underlying argument of Dougill's work is that the defining symbol of the literature is as much the college wall as the dreaming spire, for writings about Oxford have been shaped by the enclosed nature of the collegiate structure.

392 pages £19.90 paper: £15.95
ISBN 9781438976839
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Written by Paul Medley and John Dougill, 'Pubs of Oxford and Oxfordshire' is a select guide to some of the better known and also some lesser known pubs in the city and the county. The book includes an introduction that tells the story of pubs and beer from Roman times to today. Each entry includes historical background to the pub, information about the locality, an explanation of the pub name and details of facilities and directions from the city centre. The book is in full colour with photographs on almost every page. There is also a page of further recommendations for both the city and the county. Colour coded for easy reference. This is not a good beer or good food guide but essential reading for anyone visiting the area, or for residents, wishing to know more about the pubs they visit.

80 pages, full colour throughout, £7.50
ISBN 9780951238820
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Written by John Dougill and first published in 1987, 'Oxford's Famous Faces' gives a fascinating overview of the many renowned people who have had connections with the city. A comprehensive introduction ranges from Frideswide, legendary founder of Oxford, to contemporaries such as Hugh Grant and Philip Pullman. There are 32 featured figures in all, including such illustrious names as John Betjeman, Lewis Carroll, Bill Clinton, T.E. Lawrence, C.S. Lewis, William Morris, Iris Murdoch, P.B. Shelley, Aung San Suu Kyi, Margaret Thatcher, J.R.R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde. Now in its fourth edition, this popular booklet was updated for its twentieth anniversary in 2007 with a new cover and some fine colour photographs by Paul Medley.

60 pages, full colour throughout, £4.99
ISBN 0951238809
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First published in 2002, 'Oxford: A Literary Guide' is an overview of the major role the city has played in the country's literary heritage. It was written by John Dougill, author of the authoritative 'Oxford in English Literature'. A brief introduction lays out the historical development that led from Chaucer's Clerke of Oxenforde to the Oxford myth and the Oxford murders. The material is arranged topographically around the city centre so as to enable literary pilgrims to visit places of interest. In doing so it provides a miscellany of the many writers and writings that have enriched the city. These include such authors as Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Max Beerbohm, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Iris Murdoch and Philip Pullman. In addition there is coverage of works set in the city, such as 'Jude the Obscure' and the crime novels of Inspector Morse. The book is filled with quotations and richly illustrated with photographs by Paul Medley. For anyone with a love of Oxford, this will be a treasured item.

40 pages, full colour throughout, £4.99
ISBN 0951238809
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