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An introduction to Oxford World’s Classics

Bringing readers closer to the world’s greatest literature…

For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics (OWCs) have brought readers closer to the world’s great literature. Now, for the first time, they exist as a single online resource. Oxford World’s Classics online provides access to over 400 novels and other writings from the 18th, 19th and 20th century, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to expert translations such as Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Émile Zola’s Germinal, and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, to essential texts such as Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative.

Each edition uses an authenticated and reliable text, with full notes on the origins of the work, ensuring every OWC provides the most accurate representation of the work. Each OWC online is then enveloped with the best possible scholarship through an extensive introduction, supplementary material, perceptive commentary, and essential background reading.

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Over 400 novels online

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You will need to have access through an institution in order to use all the features available on the site and read the full text of each book. Librarians can find out how to get access and faculty, students, and researchers can complete our librarian recommendation form.

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