Famous authors from Oxfordshire | Oxford Mail


MANY famous authors have studied at Oxford University colleges and many have settled all over the county.

Oscar Wilde

Author of The importance of being serious (1985), Dorian Gray’s photo (1980) and De Profundis (1905).

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Wilde attended Magdalen College, Oxford.

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JRR Tolkien

Author of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (1954-5).

He was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, both at Oxford University.

He was a member of the informal Oxford literary group, The Inklings, where he met CS Lewis.

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CS Lewis

Author of The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-6) and The space trilogy (1938-45).

He studied literature at Magdalen College and lived in the town until his death in 1963. He was also part of the Inklings.

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Agatha Christie

Author of 66 detective novels around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the oldest play, The Mouse Trap (1952).

Christie was born in Torquay, Devon, but soon moved to Wallingford in Oxfordshire. His gravestone is at St Mary’s Church in Cholsey.

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Lewis Carroll

Author of Alice Wonderland Adventures (1865) and more on the other side of the mirror (1871).

Carroll went to Christ Church College before becoming a scholar and teacher.

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Aldous Huxley

Author of The best of worlds (1932) and Isle (1962).

Huxley attended Balliol College, Oxford to study English Literature. He also edited Oxford Poetry magazine in 1916.

Dr Seuss

Author of popular children’s books such as The cat in the hat (1957) and Green Eggs and Ham (1960).

Dr. Seuss, originally from Massachusetts, attended Lincoln College, Oxford where he met his wife Helen Palmer.

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Marc Haddon

Author of The curious incident of the dog in the night (2003).

Haddon attended Merton College, Oxford and now lives in the city with his wife Sos Eltis and their two young sons.

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Philippe Pullmann

Author of Its dark materials (1997-00) and The good man Jesus and the villain Christ (2010).

Pullman attended Exeter College, Oxford and later taught children at Bishop Kirk Middle School in Summertown, North Oxford.

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He also taught at Westminster College and became a Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.

Ian McEwan

Author of Atonement (2001).

McEwan is originally from Aldershot in Hampshire but now lives in North Oxford.

Helen Fielding

Author of Bridget Jones Diary (1996).

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Fielding studied at St Anne’s College, Oxford and was part of the Oxford Revue at the 1978 Edinburgh Festival.


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