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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative - yet always balanced - discussions of the central issues in a given topic. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

"The Very Short Introductions range from worth reading to wonderfully appealing... Much of the pleasure to be found in them is the bedrock one of good nonfiction: facts... They appeal to us because the world is vast and strange, because everywhere we look, from the firefly flashing in the darkness to Auden's elegy for Yeats, there is something to provoke our curiosity, some sliver of existence that we want to understand." - New Yorker Magazine

"I have a pile of the Short Introductions and they are uniformly excellent: an ideal way to dip your toe in a topic and, being relatively cheap, allow you to decide whether invest in more expensive tomes. They're well written by leaders in their area, thought-provoking and insightful." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"I absolutely LOVE the VSI series. It's just so well produced - excellent writing and interesting topics. Just a superb overall series to dive into." - Grrl Scientist, The Guardian

"I love the Very Short Introduction Series as should everyone who is interested in the history of ideas. They manage to straddle that difficult line between making the complex accessible without ever compromising on quality. The sheer range of subjects covered make the series an invaluable asset for anyone trying to understand the development of human thought. They are a must-go-to gateway for those of us keen to know more but needing a steer as to where to start." - Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas

"The Oxford University Press VSI series... is to non-fiction what Penguin Books have always been for literature. - Jim Cullen, History News Network"

"Expert, concise but far from bland, Oxford's Very Short Introductions series must rank by now as a thinking reader's Wikipedia" - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

"Great price, beautifully designed and produced, authoritative content and inviting subjects covered - if only all publishing hit these heights." - The Bookseller

"a fascinating series of 'all you need to know' introductions by experts to complex topics." - The Times

"The Very Short Introductions are fantastically informative books..." - Big Issue in the North

"I am addicted to this series of pocket-portable introductory lectures." - Guardian Review

"These Very Short Introductions have a style and integrity all of their own." - Scotsman

"A thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small format ... stylish design ... perfect to pop in your pocket for spare moments" - Lisa Jardine, The Times

"A series of instantly accessible handbooks that neither shame our ignorance nor frighten us with their erudition. All are to be applauded." - Oxford Times

"If theres anything you ever wanted to know more about ... grab yourself one of these little beauties." - Sarky Cutt, Greenwich University

"These perfect books form a solid grounding in various subjects, stretching from the Bible and the Koran, to Social and Cultural Anthropology ... interesting, informative and concise, they combine to make a beautiful set. They will broaden your studies, widen your knowledge and maybe give you a chance of winning those pub quizzes once in a while!" - The Beaver, LSE

"Would make a useful addition to any bookshelf, and their size makes them ideal for carrying around" - Humanist Philosophers Group

"Attractively packaged and, very importantly these days ... attractively priced. They are the sort of books that can be read in a couple of evenings but repay further study." - The Philosophers Review

"Always invigorating" - Independent on Sunday

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Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction

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Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

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Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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John Sutherland

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25 October 2007
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Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Hermione Lee

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09 July 2009
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C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

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James Como

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24 January 2019
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Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Jenny Hartley

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28 February 2019
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Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Kimberley Reynolds

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06 October 2011
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Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Sabina Knight

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23 February 2012
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Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Rolena Adorno

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24 November 2011
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Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Ben Hutchinson

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22 March 2018
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Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Robert Eaglestone

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25 July 2013
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Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Richard Bradford

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28 May 2015
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Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Peter Hainsworth, David Robey

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26 February 2015
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Decadence: A Very Short Introduction

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David Weir

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22 March 2018
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Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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Geraldine Pinch

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22 April 2004
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Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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Brian Nelson

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23 July 2020
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English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Jonathan Bate

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07 October 2010
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Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Marina Warner

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22 February 2018
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French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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John D. Lyons

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22 April 2010
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Geoffrey Chaucer: A Very Short Introduction

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David Wallace

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22 August 2019
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