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Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 282 pages
'Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated.' This book has become a classic account of the character, history, mores, buildings, climate, and people of one of Britain's most fascinating cities.'A book of outstanding excellence, with a sweep of knowledge and a distinction of style such as I have never before encountered in a work of this sort ... Brilliant alike in observation and imagination ... brings the very stones of Oxford to life'Sunday Telegraph.
 

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User Review  - m-andrews - LibraryThing

I rarely read travel books, but Jan Morris is a stellar writer. This book on the city of Oxford is beautifully written and captures its indefatigable character as well as its rich history. Early on ... Read full review

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User Review  - xenchu - LibraryThing

The copy of the book I read said it was authored by James Morris not Jan. Oh well, mysteries of life and all that. The book presents Oxford warts and all but obviously the author loves the place. The ... Read full review

Contents

Piebald page
3
Town and Country
24
Universitas Oxoniensis
38
Ornery
52
College Spirit
60
No Good Aire
71
Fauna and Flora
78
Sorts and Conditions
87
Vineyard of the Lord
164
Compact of Ancient Tales
181
The Ark
192
The Argosy
204
In Art
218
Right of Way
233
Distant Trumpets
243
The Heart of Things
255

Pleasures
106
THREE
127
The Look of It
129
FOUR
143
Learning
145
FIVE
265
Gone Away
267
Index
275
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Jan Morris is a highly distinguished writer of travel books, her career spanning over 30 years. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University College of Wales. Her many publications include: Venice (1960), The Pax Brittania Trilogy (1968), The Oxford Book of Oxford (1978), and The Matter ofWales (1984). She has also written a novel Last Letters from Hav, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize.

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