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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

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

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

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.)

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

"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."

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

The Lives, and Fictions, of Angela Carter

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

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

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).

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

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There are so many wonderful women in the novels of Jane Austen - it's time to find out which Jane Austen heroine you are! (Cross your fingers for Lizzy.)

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

Stream Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice – an audio guide, a playlist by Oxford Academic (OUP) from desktop or your mobile device

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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Atlanta’s own Margaret Mitchell was born on this day in 1900. Browse and order prints from our collection.

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.)

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

"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."

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

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

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

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).