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Book Title: Oxford|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.15 MB
v The author of the book: Jan Morris
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: May 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780192801364
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Read full description of the books Oxford:Having enjoyed Morris's charm and wit at a roundtable discussion I attended at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival a few years ago, I was delighted to receive this as a Christmas present having only comparatively recently arrived to live in Oxford.
It's a marvellous overview of the famous city with rich historical research entertainingly interwoven with juicy anecdotes. It's staggering that this relatively small town of 150,000 has come to have had such influence - not that this is always a good things of course - but Morris made me feel churlish for my complaints of privilege and I temporarily abandoned my Class War leanings to bathe in the richness of the Oxford story.
The book was written in the sixties and any updating is cursory at best - so there is little or no mention of Bill Clinton, the Cowley Road, Fuzzy Ducks, the Headington shark, Inspector Morse, Radiohead, Russell George, Oxford United FC (amusingly) or Harris Manchester College. The bulk of the narrative naturally revolves around the university too although the emergence of Morris Motors is a revealing subplot. Required reading for any resident of the city.
Read information about the authorJan Morris previously wrote under the name "James Morris".
Jan Morris is a British historian, author and travel writer. Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but is Welsh by heritage and adoption. Before 1970 Morris published under her former name, "James Morris", and is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City, and has also written about Wales, Spanish history and culture.
Morris was assigned male at birth, and before circa-1970 was known as "James Morris". In 1949, as James, Morris married Elizabeth Tuckniss, the daughter of a tea planter. Morris and Tuckniss had five children together, including the poet and musician Twm Morys. One of their children died in infancy. As Morris documented in her memoir Conundrum, she began taking oestrogens to feminise her body in 1964. In 1972, she had sex reassignment surgery in Morocco. Sex reassignment surgeon Georges Burou did the surgery, since doctors in Britain refused to allow the procedure unless Morris and Tuckniss divorced, something Morris was not prepared to do at the time. They divorced later, but remained together and have now had a civil union. On May, 14th, 2008, Morris and Tuckniss remarried each other. Morris lives mostly in Wales, where her parents were from.
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