Blackwell's republishes Zuleika Dobson

News - Books Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Bookshop teams up with Melville House to reissue Max Beerbohm classic

Blackwell's is reissuing the classic novel Zuleika Dobson, or, An Oxford Love Story, the only novel by Max Beerbohm. Originally published in 1911, Zuleika Dobson is a satire set at Judas College, Oxford, and it has been unavailable since its previous print run sold out. Blackwell's is partnering with Melville House to release 750 copies.

The book is exclusive to Blackwell's, and features an introduction from poet, novelist and Blackwell's bookseller Kelley Swain, who says: "If you revel in the decadence of Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, if you're tickled by the absurdity of Scoop or Huxley's Crome Yellow; if Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm has you in stitches; if you love Muriel Spark's Ballad of Peckham Rye, you will delight in this book."

David Kelly, sales manager of the Oxford, Broad Street branch of Blackwell's, said: "Beerbohm's novel is as witty and brilliant as anything that his peers produced, and as more tourists are attracted to our beautiful, historic city, we're keen to put the best books, and indeed the best books about Oxford, into their hands. We've missed hand-selling this book in particular since it became unavailable. Many people come in to ask for it. So we were really pleased that Melville House agreed to print this special edition. We've changed the palette to our own Blackwell's blue, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask our very own bookseller, writer Kelley Swain, to add a new introduction, which brilliantly encapsulates what is wonderful about this novel."

Nikki Griffiths from Melville House said: "We're delighted to be partnering with Blackwell's on this new edition of Zuleika Dobson. Our Neversink Library series at Melville House champions books from around the world that have been overlooked and underappreciated, and Zuleika Dobson is a perfect example of an English classic which is given a deserved new lease of life thanks to Blackwell's. We hope new readers will discover its charms for themselves."

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