One of America's most beloved authors and a master of the personal essay, Willie Morris (1934-1999) wrote nineteen books and hundreds of articles and reflections. To honor his memory on the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth (November 29, 1934), My Two Oxfords is a special edition of one of these choice essays.In this piece, he addresses the quirky circumstance of haviOne of America's most beloved authors and a master of the personal essay, Willie Morris (1934-1999) wrote nineteen books and hundreds of articles and reflections. To honor his memory on the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth (November 29, 1934), My Two Oxfords is a special edition of one of these choice essays.In this piece, he addresses the quirky circumstance of having lived in -two of the world's most disparate places.- There were two Oxfords in his life-Oxford University in England where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar in the 1950s and Oxford, Mississippi, the home of University of Mississippi, where he was writer in residence when he wrote the essay.Among the obvious contrasts between the two places, Morris finds complexity: -The legendary beauty of the Ole Miss coed is not myth. The girls of Oxford, England, so stringently screened by some of the world's most demanding academic requirements, were often dour; yet the occasional warm-spirited beauty among them was always worth the waiting . . . By the same token, the intellectual Ole Miss sorority girl of good and gentle disposition is a joyous song in the heart and will endure.-This essay is quintessential Morris-lyrical and evocative, a blend of personal experience and memory, history, a strong sense of place, and a bit of whimsy. A foreword by JoAnne Prichard Morris and a photograph by David Rae Morris make this edition a must-have for Willie Morris's many fans....
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My Two Oxfords Reviews
Willie Morris (1934-1999) was a celebrated Southern US writer who was educated at the University of Texas at Austin and Oxford, and a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). I saw this book and decided to drop $20 on it, despite it being probably the smallest book for adults that I've ever purchased.Morris writes about the two Oxfords he has known: the Oxford of his college days, and the city that serves as the home for the University of Mississippi. He compares these two institutions, which on the surface would appear to be almost diametrically opposite from one another: Oxford is the oldest institution of higher learning in the English speaking world, whereas the University of Mississippi is the state university of the poorest state in the US, known best for its violent opposition to racial integration in 1962. However, Morris speaks lovingly and convincingly about both institutions in this brief but well written essay, describing their rich traditions and enriching environments.The essay, which was published by the University of Mississippi Press in honor of Morris's 75th birthday, concludes with a heartwarming afterword by Morris's widow, JoAnne Pritchard Morris. I absolutely loved My Two Oxfords; I give the essay 5 stars, but I'm only rating the book as 4 stars, for charging $20 for an essay that barely exceeds 16 pages in length.