Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) provides full-text access to hundreds of editions, showcasing their authoritative editorial notes directly alongside the text and enabling advanced search within and between editions. OSEO contains material written between 1485 and 1901, plus Classical Latin and Greek authors, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the writings of Aeschylus, Austen, Ovid, and Virgil, the poetry of John Donne, and works by Adam Smith and Jeremy Bentham.

OSEO provides an interlinked collection of authoritative Oxford editions of major works from the humanities. This content constitutes the cornerstone of research in the fields of English Literature, as well as Philosophy, History, and Religion.

Each title within the collection presents the full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor, accompanied by the editor’s record of important variations in that text, and interpretative and explanatory notes. Most also have introductions placing the work and the author in a historical context, and explaining the editorial principles and the history of the text.

OSEO allows users to:

  • Search the complete text — browse each text’s editor’s record of important variations, and interpretative and explanatory notes
  • Be assured of authoritative and reliable content with scholarly accreditation — ensuring your interpretations and ideas are based on accurately edited texts
  • Utilize excellent searching and linking facilities — to find that obscure quote or a specific chapter, scene or line quickly and easily
  • Invest their time and research in a growing research library, with future updates bringing to life hundreds of scholarly editions of works from all periods up to the 20th century
  • Access the editions anywhere, anytime — have a consistent research discussion or teach a class across the world because everyone is using the same, trusted edition

Collections are available in the following areas:

  • 18th Century Drama
  • 18th Century Poetry
  • 18th Century Prose
  • 19th Century Prose
  • Classics
  • Early 17th Century Drama
  • Early 17th Century Prose
  • Early 17th Century Verse
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Latin Drama
  • Latin History
  • Latin Poetry
  • Latin Prose
  • Renaissance Drama
  • Renaissance Poetry
  • Renaissance Prose
  • Restoration Drama
  • Restoration Poetry
  • Restoration Prose
  • Shakespeare

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Title lists for Oxford Scholarly Editions Online collections.

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