Welcome to Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

Oxford’s scholarly editions provide trustworthy, annotated texts of writing worth reading. Overseen by a prestigious editorial board, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online makes these editions available online for the first time.

OSEO currently includes writers active between 1485 and 1788. Browse our complete author list, including John Donne, Samuel Johnson, and Adam Smith.

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April 17, 2015

New OSEO functionality updates

Improvements to OSEO make your reading easier than ever before ...

March 18, 2015

Beauty still gaz'd on dyes

In preparation for Friday's solar eclipse, OSEO editor Andrew Zurcher writes on the theme of the eclipse in love poetry ...

March 6, 2015

The journey of a scholarly edition

A new animation brings to life how scholarly editions are placed online ...

February 9, 2015

Some of Chaucer is missing

Christopher Cannon, Professor of English at New York University, explains how a crucial section of Chaucer's Book of the Duchess is missing...


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"Tis very easy to see they have more Liberty than we have…"

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu describes Turkish dress and custom amongst high-ranking women, April 1717

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