Sunday, February 13, 2011

Snapshot: Oxford by Jan Morris

"This is a stippled city--'towery city and branchy between towers,' as Gerard Manley Hopkins thought, 'cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark charmed, rook-racked, river rounded'."

Jan Morris loved the Bodleian Library (pp.149-153) - "a vast and baffling organism" humming with knowledge and home to untold numbers of manuscripts, scrolls, charters, etc. as well as the many books - some requiring two people to remove them from the shelf."

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