I have recently reread William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe.

After years of dissipation at school, the central character carries on in much the same way at Oxford, which is described as ‘The most dissolute university of Europe.’ No specific dates are given, but there is mention of a carnival in 18-. I think the period must be the first half of the 19th centruy, bearing in mind that Poe was born in 1809 and dies in 1849.

Keith Fraser 
University College, 1946