Up at Oxford by Ved Mehta
(Continents of Exile)

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The history of a generation is recalled as the author remembers his elation and fear upon acceptance at Oxford and reflects on his year there and the extraordinary classmates whom he watched emerge onto the world scene.

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Ved Mehta was a staff writer on The New Yorker for thirty-three years. He has been a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and has held the Rosencrantz chair in Writing at Yale University. Dark Harbor is an independent book in a continuing literary autobiography, Continents of Exile. The earlier books in the series are All for Love, Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker, Up at Oxford, The Stolen Light, Sound Shadows of the New World, The Ledge Between the Streams, Vedi, Mamaji, and Daddyji. His other books include Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles, Portrait of India, and Fly and the Fly-Bottle.
Published January 1, 1993 by JOHN MURRAY. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Oxford was in a curious transition in the 50's, with seventy percent of its undergraduates supported by scholarships yet residing in glamorous suites of rooms (Mehta lived in rooms that had been previously used by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Harold Macmillan), living rather grandly on credit, and c...

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People here are so intelligent.’ Ian Hamilton’s review (LRB, 7 October) of Up at Oxford quotes Ved Mehta as claiming that an Oxford don in the late Fifties said to him, ‘By the way, Mehta, which way was I going?’ and when told added: ‘Then I’ve had my lunch.’ This same story was told in my un...

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