Tag: literature

Translator Valerie Minogue talks through the tricky decisions she had to make when translating two novels by Zola for Oxford World’s Classics.

Literary translation: problems and perils

Translating a literary work is a serious challenge. The translator somehow has to move a text into the target language while preserving as much as possible of the quality and character, the ‘spirit’ of the original. A tall order that involves the translator in the tricky task of carrying the distinctive character and rhythms of […]

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The sequel to 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians' is called 'The Starlight Barking'.

Book quiz: spot the sequel

Book lovers will definitely know about some sequels to famous novels. These can be in series – the sequels to the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games books for instance – or initially unplanned. Much discussion was caused in 2015 when Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was billed as a follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird (though we […]

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Next to reading Jane Austen's novels, we love watching adaptations of them - but how historically accurate has the dialogue been over the past few years?

Love and language in Jane Austen adaptions

Jane Austen achieved some success as an author during her own lifetime. Her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility (1811), was reviewed well and sold out of copies after about a year. Her second, Pride and Prejudice also sold well as did Mansfield Park, followed by Emma. She completed six novels in all, but the […]

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A rallying cry for more subgenres, please

Spend twenty minutes on Pandora and you’ll be told that you prefer folk-influenced indie rock with strong harmonies. Toss a few star ratings into your Netflix account, and they’ll offer you a near-endless supply of dark murder mysteries with a strong female lead. Somehow, though, the technology gods have not seen fit to bestow on […]

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Which Harry Potter character are you?

Which Harry Potter character are you?

The Harry Potter universe keeps expanding, with 2016 seeing both a film of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  J.K. Rowling is nothing if not a linguistic innovator, and we’ve already explored the Harry Potter books’ linguistic innovation and use of Latin. Given Rowling’s love of language, both […]

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The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling and The Jungle Book in the Oxford English Dictionary

“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”  Rudyard Kipling’s linguistic legacy is apparent from the more than 2500 quotations from his works that appear in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED); the term Kiplingism even has its own entry. This turns out to […]

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Clock gear set

15 words invented by authors

Inventors’ Day is typically celebrated in honour of all the great minds past and present that have come up with a process or thing that helped make our everyday lives easier. But what about those inventors of words that have enriched our lexicon with their language? Let’s take a look at fifteen authors, and the words […]

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Virginia Woolf quotations

5 beautiful Virginia Woolf quotations

25 January 1882 was the day on which Virginia Woolf was born. To celebrate the birthday of the renowned novelist, essayist, and feminist icon, we’ve taken a look in Oxford Essential Quotations to pick out some of her most memorable moments. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” […]

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