Books and book reviews for English and Drama

  • New books - click a cover for more details...
  • Most of your books will be located in Headington Library.

    To find a book, search the Library catalogue using the author, title or subject that you are interested in. Click on the title to see more details about the book and check the shelfmark to find out where it is in the Library. If the book is on loan to another user or at one of our other libraries, you can reserve it. If it's on the shelves, it's quicker for you to go and get it.

    Individual e-books are also listed on the Library catalogue and you can find out more about accessing and downloading these from our guide Finding e-books

    For more tips on searching for books, check the PDF guide Finding books and e-books for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing  

  • New books for English, Drama and Creative Writing: 2018  A selection of recent additions to our print and e-book stock
    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference Online This is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects including Literature. Titles covered include The Oxford Companion to English LiteratureThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary TermsA Dictionary of Writers and their Works and many others.
    • Dictionary of national biography - an illustrated collection of articles providing the life stories of over 50,000 people who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond. Includes novelists, poets and playwrights.

    If you need to find published book reviews or write your own as an assignment, take a look at this PDF guide Book reviews: what they are, how to write them and where to find them (PDF)  


    The Library has 2 main databases providing collections of historic books:

    Historical Texts has the full text of over 350,000 books published in Great Britain from 1475-1900. It consists of 3 databases which can be searched individually or together:

    Early European Books - digitised collection of works printed in Europe between 1450 and 1700.

    There are also links to various freely available sources of electronic texts in the guide Web sites for English and Drama

    English literature study skills resources is an online list of books & other help which may be useful when you're writing an essay or researching a dissertation. It also includes including useful reference sources such as specialized dictionaries and encyclopaedias.