Oxford Revisited

Oxford Revisited

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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the historical city evaluates its medieval, liberal, and traditional influences while exploring the perspectives of leading minds and forefront debates that shaped its evolution.

McMillan Palgrave

Oxford is a world-renowned stronghold of knowledge, a lush medieval city dotted with beautiful gardens. But it also has a symbolic meaning well beyond these things. It stands for something deep in our minds - excellence, a kind of privilege, a charmed life, deep-veined liberalism, a respect for tradition. It is an ivory tower: a quiet, thoughtful place, yet one whose scholars and ideas affect us all.
In his attempt to capture the spirit of this cloistered hall, Cartwright has spoken to many leading figures, looked at favorite places in Oxford, subjected himself to an English tutorial - he performed very poorly - attended the Freshers' dinner in his old college, studied various works of art and museums, investigated the claim that dons like detective novels, and reread many Oxford classics. At the same time he has looked at some of the great debates which made Oxford what it is, as well as the most recent debate about funding, which ended in a resounding defeat for the reformers.
He depicts the beauty of this historic city, the landscape of enclosed quads and gardens, and the astonishing collection of buildings. Cartwright concludes that the Oxford myth, while outstripping the reality, is as powerful as ever. This is an enchanting and highly original look at a quiet, cloistered town with a seemingly endless intellectual reach.



Blackwell North Amer
Oxford, a medieval city dotted with beautiful gardens, is a world-renowned stronghold of knowledge. It stands for something deep in our minds - excellence, a kind of privilege, a charmed life, deep-veined liberalism, a respect for tradition. To capture the spirit of these cloistered halls, Cartwright has spoken to many leading figures, looked at favorite places in Oxford, and even subjected himself to an English tutorial (he performed very poorly). He has also looked at some of the great debates that made Oxford what it is and patched together the complex history of the place.
Cartwright depicts the beauty of this historic city and muses on his own experiences as a student there. At the same time, this is more than an encomium to an influential place: It is Cartwright's reckoning with both age and memory. After nearly forty years, he examines the walls of this old city for the shadows of his former self. With great originality, Cartwright delivers a moving meditation on history and the passage of time.

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of the historical city by the London Jewish Counsel Award-winning author of The Song Before It Is Sung evaluates its medieval, liberal, and traditional influences while exploring the perspectives of leading minds and forefront debates that shaped its evolution.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781596910935
1596910933
Branch Call Number: 914.2574 CARTW CARTW
Characteristics: 223 pages
Notes: First published by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom in 2008, under the title This Secret Garden

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