Oxford is not just famous for its libraries, such as the Radcliffe Camera and the Old Bodleian; far from being simply a vessel for books and writers, the city has a long-standing tradition of having literary doubles. There is the old Oxford of The Canterbury Tales and the modern Oxford of The Last Enchantments — not to mention the Oxford of His Dark Materials or Inspector Morse.
In the gallery of books set in the city of dreaming spires, Max Beerbohm’s Zuleika Dobson and Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh have the honorary central position. Both helped to redefine the relationship between Oxford and the wider world, while retaining that inescapable sense of nostalgia trapped between the stone college walls.
‘OxShot’ is our brand new visual essay from Katariina Kottonen (Chance & Physics). Every Monday, get a glimpse of the city’s literary life, and be reminded of its astonishing cultural richness. One take, for your double-take.