"Oxford was venerable and magical, after all, and enduring"

Oxford has a great tradition of fantasy literature written by members of the university. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) who wrote The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), who penned The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956), and Philip Pullman, whose trilogy His Dark Materials opens in Oxford, were all academics at the University.