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Women Writers

Think Hollywood Hearthrobs are a new phenomenon? Think again. (Image: Darcy à Netherfield by C.E. Brock. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.)

Calling All Harry Styles Fans: A History on Heartthrobs Is Here

Here is one way to look at the shifting fortunes of women over the last two centuries: via the men many of them have sighed over.

Don’t do anything Jane Austen wouldn’t do. #JaneAusten #Austen #classicliterature #books

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This Valentine’s Day, don’t do anything Jane Austen wouldn’t do.

Do you know what "Wuthering Heights" is? Do you know what pseudonym Emily Brontë used to publish her book? Find out with a quiz on this famous work of literature. (Image: Title page for the first volume of the first edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. Thomas Cautley Newby, publisher. Lowell 1238.5 (A), Houghton Library, Harvard University. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.)

How much do you know about Wuthering Heights? [quiz] | OUPblog

Centuries after its 1847 publication, Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's breathtaking literary classic, remains a seminal text to scholars, students, and readers around the world. Though best known for its depiction of romance between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, it is also largely multidimensional, grappling with themes such as religious hypocrisy, the precariousness of social class, and the collision of nature and culture. But how much do you know about this famous work of English…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - review via Guardian Children's Books 'I felt rather lonely after the March sisters had gone as I loved their spirit and felt as if I was almost one of them, which is a clear sign of this book's greatness'  #LouisaMayAlcott #lit #classics #LittleWomen

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - review

dewdrop: 'I felt rather lonely after the March sisters had gone as I loved their spirit and felt as if I was almost one of them, which is a clear sign of this book's greatness'

"Jacobs’ narrative similarly introduces incidents drawing on stock representations of slavery. For example, in both John Brown’s 1855 slave narrative, Slave Life in Georgia, and Jacobs’ Incidents painful cleansing agents are applied to a slave’s back just after a whipping; and slaves are tied up in a back-straining “buck” in order to enhance their pain."

Harriet Jacobs: the life of a slave girl | OUPblog

In 1861, just prior to the American Civil War, Harriet Jacobs published a famous slave narrative – of her life in slavery and her arduous escape. Two years earlier, in 1859, Harriet Wilson published an autobiographical novel, Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, tracing her life as “free black” farm servant in New England.

The Lives, and Fictions, of Angela Carter (Image: Angela Carter. Fair use via Wikimedia Commons.)

The Lives, and Fictions, of Angela Carter

Open The Bloody Chamber and you know right away you’re reading a masterpiece.

In December 1817, an advertisement appeared in the Morning Chronicle newspaper announcing the imminent publication of ‘Northanger Abbey, a Romance; and Persuasion, a Novel. By the Author of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, etc.’ #Austen #JaneAusten #classiclit #books (Image: Wikimedia)

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we started thinking about what we associate with romance. Jane Austen was an obvious choice for this week’s Very Short Fact… “ In December 1817, an...

Reminiscing Virginia Woolf's legacy as a woman, a feminist, and a novelist (Image: Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons).

Virginia Woolf: author, publisher, feminist | OUPblog

As a young woman, Virginia Woolf toured London’s National Portrait Gallery and grieved to find that almost all the portraits in the collection were of men. Woolf was so resentful that she later refused to sit for a drawing commissioned by the gallery, seemingly renouncing an opportunity to add her own portrait to its walls.

Which Jane Austen character are you? Take our quiz to find out! #quiz #literature #books #JaneAusten #Austen

Explore The English Language | Lexico

Explore the English language through Lexico's interesting and informational articles about word origins, common language questions, and fun word lists.

A Very Short Fact:  English author Virginia Woolf died on this day in 1941. A long-time sufferer of depression, Woolf sensed the return of her mental illness and committed suicide.  ““The idea that the artist can in this way make a cognitive gain for...

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A Very Short Fact: English author Virginia Woolf died on this day in 1941. A long-time sufferer of depression, Woolf sensed the return of her mental illness and committed suicide. ““The idea that the...

American Renaissance: the Light & the Dark | OUPblog

American Renaissance: the Light & the Dark | OUPblog

The American Renaissance—perhaps the richest literary period in American history, critics argue—produced lettered giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson. Much like the social and historical setting in which it was birthed, this period was full of paradoxes that were uniquely American.

11 audio guides to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice – an audio guide

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The ‘New Woman’ & American literature | OUPblog

The ‘New Woman’ & American literature | OUPblog

In late 19th and early 20th-century America, a new image of womanhood emerged that began to shape public views and understandings of women’s role in society. With the suffrage and labor movements, the “new woman” emerged. These modern women were attending colleges, rejecting domesticity, asserting themselves politically in public, and becoming a part of the cultural landscape through literature. As the 12th century progresses, the voices of women pushed for more self-discovery and freedom…

What book would you give to a loved one and why? #books #lovestories #romance

Books for loved ones on Valentine's Day | OUPblog

What does your bookshelf say about you? When you work in publishing, you tend to bypass the traditional gifts of chocolate and flowers and aim an arrow straight for the heart -- with books. Here are a few staff recommendations on books for the people you love.

Margaret Mitchell reading a copy of her novel "Gone with the Wind".

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Reminiscing Virginia Woolf's legacy as a woman, a feminist, and a novelist (Image: Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons).

Virginia Woolf: author, publisher, feminist | OUPblog

As a young woman, Virginia Woolf toured London’s National Portrait Gallery and grieved to find that almost all the portraits in the collection were of men. Woolf was so resentful that she later refused to sit for a drawing commissioned by the gallery, seemingly renouncing an opportunity to add her own portrait to its walls.

Children's Literature

Summer technically isn't over yet. There's still time to soak up some more sun with a few good reads!

Best beach classics: the books you should be reading this summer | OUPblog

In a recent article for The Huffington Post, journalist Erin Schumaker advises students not to let their brains waste away over the summer: "you might be better off skipping the beach read this summer in favor of something a little more substantive." Yet some of us might find the idea of settling down on a sun lounger with War and Peace less than appealing. To help you out, we asked staff at Oxford University Press for a list of summer classics that will help you relax without letting your…

Shakespeare

Another in our out-of-print library! We love these covers from our old colourful Oxford Shakespeare Concordances series. #shakespeare #literature #books #libraries #merrywives

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We cannot get enough of our Out of Print stacks here at OUP Oxford. Our latest treasure hunt for our Shakespeare-related publishing has revealed these colourful books from an old series called Oxford...

"Shakespeare was widely admired in his own time, still more so after the publication of the First Folio. But he was not initially regarded as superior to all his contemporaries. ['English Literature: A Very Short Introduction'] #shakespeare #literature #books (Image: Wikimedia)

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Our Very Short Fact this week is about William Shakespeare, who died on this day 1616. “ Shakespeare was widely admired in his own time, still more so after the publication of the First Folio. But he...

More from our out-of-print library! We love these covers from our old colourful Oxford Shakespeare Concordances series. #shakespeare #literature #books #libraries #muchado

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We cannot get enough of our Out of Print stacks here at OUP Oxford. Our latest treasure hunt for our Shakespeare-related publishing has revealed these colourful books from an old series called Oxford...

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Happy 206th birthday to Pride and Prejudice, published #OnThisDay in 1813. Image credit: An 1833 engraving of a scene from Chapter 59 of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Pickering & Greatbatch. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. #janeausten #prideandprejudice #literature

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighborhood, the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

Happy 210th birthday to Edgar Allan Poe! Image credit: Edgar Allan Poe 1895 by Felix Vallotton. Public domain via Flickr. #edgarallanpoe #americanwriters #literature #onthisday #otd

Poe, Edgar Allan

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Edgar Allan Poe was more popular than ever. The Raven and a number

#OnThisDay in 1882, writer A.A. Milne was born. Best known for creating Winnie the Pooh, Milne was also an established playwright.  Image credit: Photograph of A.A. Milne by  E. O. Hoppé.  Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. #otd #aamilne #winniethepooh #childrensliterature #literature #winniethepoohday

Milne, Alan Alexander (1882–1956), writer

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Martin Crimp is the latest playwright to have creatively interpreted Samuel Richardson's classic. #britishliterature #pamela #samuelrichardson #literature #theatre #nationaltheatre

The tortures of adapting Samuel Richardson’s 'Pamela' | OUPblog

The term “bestseller” is a bit of a stretch for the eighteenth century, when books were expensive (though widely shared), and information about print-runs is hard to come by. But if any early novel deserves the title, it’s Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, which on publication in 1740 rapidly caught the imagination of Britain, Europe, and indeed America (the Philadelphia printing by Benjamin Franklin was the first unabridged American edition of any novel).

Summer technically isn't over yet. There's still time to soak up some more sun with a few good reads!

Best beach classics: the books you should be reading this summer | OUPblog

In a recent article for The Huffington Post, journalist Erin Schumaker advises students not to let their brains waste away over the summer: "you might be better off skipping the beach read this summer in favor of something a little more substantive." Yet some of us might find the idea of settling down on a sun lounger with War and Peace less than appealing. To help you out, we asked staff at Oxford University Press for a list of summer classics that will help you relax without letting your…

Think Hollywood Hearthrobs are a new phenomenon? Think again. (Image: Darcy à Netherfield by C.E. Brock. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.)

Calling All Harry Styles Fans: A History on Heartthrobs Is Here

Here is one way to look at the shifting fortunes of women over the last two centuries: via the men many of them have sighed over.

Don’t do anything Jane Austen wouldn’t do. #JaneAusten #Austen #classicliterature #books

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This Valentine’s Day, don’t do anything Jane Austen wouldn’t do.

Do you know what "Wuthering Heights" is? Do you know what pseudonym Emily Brontë used to publish her book? Find out with a quiz on this famous work of literature. (Image: Title page for the first volume of the first edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. Thomas Cautley Newby, publisher. Lowell 1238.5 (A), Houghton Library, Harvard University. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.)

How much do you know about Wuthering Heights? [quiz] | OUPblog

Centuries after its 1847 publication, Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's breathtaking literary classic, remains a seminal text to scholars, students, and readers around the world. Though best known for its depiction of romance between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, it is also largely multidimensional, grappling with themes such as religious hypocrisy, the precariousness of social class, and the collision of nature and culture. But how much do you know about this famous work of English…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - review via Guardian Children's Books 'I felt rather lonely after the March sisters had gone as I loved their spirit and felt as if I was almost one of them, which is a clear sign of this book's greatness'  #LouisaMayAlcott #lit #classics #LittleWomen

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - review

dewdrop: 'I felt rather lonely after the March sisters had gone as I loved their spirit and felt as if I was almost one of them, which is a clear sign of this book's greatness'

"Jacobs’ narrative similarly introduces incidents drawing on stock representations of slavery. For example, in both John Brown’s 1855 slave narrative, Slave Life in Georgia, and Jacobs’ Incidents painful cleansing agents are applied to a slave’s back just after a whipping; and slaves are tied up in a back-straining “buck” in order to enhance their pain."

Harriet Jacobs: the life of a slave girl | OUPblog

In 1861, just prior to the American Civil War, Harriet Jacobs published a famous slave narrative – of her life in slavery and her arduous escape. Two years earlier, in 1859, Harriet Wilson published an autobiographical novel, Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, tracing her life as “free black” farm servant in New England.

Another in our out-of-print library! We love these covers from our old colourful Oxford Shakespeare Concordances series. #shakespeare #literature #books #libraries #merrywives

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We cannot get enough of our Out of Print stacks here at OUP Oxford. Our latest treasure hunt for our Shakespeare-related publishing has revealed these colourful books from an old series called Oxford...

"Shakespeare was widely admired in his own time, still more so after the publication of the First Folio. But he was not initially regarded as superior to all his contemporaries. ['English Literature: A Very Short Introduction'] #shakespeare #literature #books (Image: Wikimedia)

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Our Very Short Fact this week is about William Shakespeare, who died on this day 1616. “ Shakespeare was widely admired in his own time, still more so after the publication of the First Folio. But he...

More from our out-of-print library! We love these covers from our old colourful Oxford Shakespeare Concordances series. #shakespeare #literature #books #libraries #muchado

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We cannot get enough of our Out of Print stacks here at OUP Oxford. Our latest treasure hunt for our Shakespeare-related publishing has revealed these colourful books from an old series called Oxford...

The Lives, and Fictions, of Angela Carter (Image: Angela Carter. Fair use via Wikimedia Commons.)

The Lives, and Fictions, of Angela Carter

Open The Bloody Chamber and you know right away you’re reading a masterpiece.

In December 1817, an advertisement appeared in the Morning Chronicle newspaper announcing the imminent publication of ‘Northanger Abbey, a Romance; and Persuasion, a Novel. By the Author of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, etc.’ #Austen #JaneAusten #classiclit #books (Image: Wikimedia)

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we started thinking about what we associate with romance. Jane Austen was an obvious choice for this week’s Very Short Fact… “ In December 1817, an...

Reminiscing Virginia Woolf's legacy as a woman, a feminist, and a novelist (Image: Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons).

Virginia Woolf: author, publisher, feminist | OUPblog

As a young woman, Virginia Woolf toured London’s National Portrait Gallery and grieved to find that almost all the portraits in the collection were of men. Woolf was so resentful that she later refused to sit for a drawing commissioned by the gallery, seemingly renouncing an opportunity to add her own portrait to its walls.

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