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Oxford World’s Classics series available in one digital space for the first time

Released on January 11, 2020

Oxford University Press (OUP) is delighted to announce that a large selection of the flagship Oxford World’s Classics (OWC) series is now available online in a single digital resource for the first time.

This new venture initially provides institutional users with easy access to 300 works, ranging from eighteenth century dramas and essays to core Victorian novels, complete with up-to-date supplementary materials. The new online version of OWC is designed with users in mind: easy-to-use search and browse tools allow researchers, lecturers, and students to pinpoint the material they need. Integrated sharing and social media tools also make it easy for readers to distribute precise content with colleagues and students, facilitating seminar discussions and essay ideas.

For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics have brought readers closer to the world’s great literature, but this is the first time OUP has brought them together into a single online resource with access to 300 novels and other writings. Researchers can find a vast range of works, including expert translations from the 18th and 19th century – from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Émile Zola’s Germinal, and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative. As with the physical editions, each online version uses an authenticated and reliable text, with full notes on the origins of the work and editorial decisions. The accompanying scholarship and supplementary material includes comprehensive introductions, clear explanatory notes, chronologies, bibliographies, illustrations, glossaries, and appendices, making it clear why OWCs are the obvious choice for both the student at the start of their humanities education and the professor who has lost count of how many times they have read the book.

David Clark, Managing Director of OUP’s Academic Division, greeted the new release as a ‘a great resource for the academic community’ adding that ‘in the last year, we have really seen the importance of reliable digital products as universities and libraries have come under extraordinary strain. Digital products like our online OWCs enable research and teaching to continue in these unparalleled times but will also help to permanently expand access, giving users the chance to explore beyond just what is available in the nearest library. It is great to think that the next generation of humanities students will be able to access reliable, consistent, rigorously prepared editions of key texts thanks to the technological progress of the twenty-first century.’

This is the latest in a series of new online products for OUP which include online access for What Everyone Needs to Know® and the recent expansion of Oxford Scholarship Online as OUP acts to support the needs of the academic world. With years’ worth of reading, expert translations, the latest textual scholarship, and valuable critical introductions written by leading scholars, the Oxford World’s Classics online product is perfect for students and academics alike.

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