Victorian poetry and prose on OSEO

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Explore the best of the Victorian era, online.


With the latest additions to Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO), you can explore works from some of the best Victorian writers, from Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, to Harriet Martineau and Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Available for the first time online, Oxford’s scholarly editions provide trustworthy, annotated primary texts for scholars and students. Over 90 titles have just been added to two new modules on OSEO: 19th Century Poetry and 19th Century Prose.

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  • The full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor
  • Notes placed directly alongside the text for easy navigation
  • Introductions placing the work and the author in a historical context, explaining the editorial principles and the history of the text

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The Clarendon Dickens: Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist asks for more...

"The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery."

The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Vol. 4

‘Home-thoughts, from abroad' by Robert Browning

"Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware"

The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, Vol. 1: Ealing, Trinity, Oriel: February 1801 to December 1826

John Henry Newman writes to his mother, concerning his brother

"He can mend shoes, string pianos, cut out skreens, and go on errands... employ him in errands while he is with you and the time will pass pleasantly enough."