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    I'm a sucker for these novels, perhaps cause I never went to University, I know, its hard to believe! But what I like about it is, it's a window on a World I know nothing about.
    Anyone read any of the novels listed? If so, any you'd recommend?


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    I'd say the earliest "campus novel" may be Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm, first published in 1911 and set entirely at the University of Oxford. It's a sophisticated comic novel which has worn quite well. A challenge for campus novels is to make the characters seem sufficiently intellectual, which is why they are often written by academics. Of the novels listed, I've read and enjoyed Lucky Jim, Small World, Trading Places, The History Man and Pnin. CS Lewis's That Hideous Strength could also be classed as a campus novel - it certainly includes some sharply-observed satire on academic life.
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    I tell a lie - an even earlier campus novel is Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes, an 1861 sequel to Tom Brown's Schooldays. No idea what it's like (I've only ever met one person who's read it) but it's freely downloadable from
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