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News From Nowhere and Other Writings (93 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780140433302
ISBN10: 0140433309
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This volume illustrates the variety of William Morris's prose, while focusing on one theme: the earthly paradise. The "Nowhere" of News from Nowhere (1890) is England in 2102, an ideal pastoral society born out of revolution. It is as compelling a dream of the future as the nightmares of Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Exhilaratingly, it reminds us that nothing is inevitable about the way we live—now or in 1890.

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William Morris was a dreamer with a genius for turning dreams into reality. Self-taught in 13 different crafts, some of them ancient, he became a great European pattern-designer. This volume illustrates the variety of Morris's prose, while focusing on the theme of earthly paradise.

About the Author

William Morris was a dreamer with a genius for turning dreams into reality. Self-taught in thirteen different crafts, some of them ancient ones that had died out, he became the greatest European pattern-designer since the Middle Ages. He was, besides, a campaigning socialist and a pioneering environmentalist, a lyric poet and a forceful journalist, a storyteller and a maker of fine books.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chronology

Bibliographical Note

Romance

The Story of the Unknown Church

A King's Lesson

Two Extracts from A Dream of John Ball

News from Nowhere

Lectures

The Lesser Arts

Some Hints on Pattern-designing

Useful Work versus Useless Toil

The Hopes of Civilization

Gothic Architecture

Occasional Prose

"Looking Backward": a review of Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy

Under an Elm-tree; or, Thoughts in the Countryside

Preface to The Nature of Gothic by John Ruskin

Foreword to Utopia by Sir Thomas More

How I Became a Socialist

A Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press

Letters

[The Eastern Question]: letter to the Daily News

[Anti-Scrape]: letter to the Athenaeum

[St. Mark's, Venice]: letter to the Daily News

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lukas, November 21, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"The only safe way of reading a Utopia is to consider it as the expression of the temperament of its author."
If you're going to read one 19th century socialist utopian novel, make it this one. William Morris was better known for his designs (esp. wallpaper), essays on art and architecture, book publishing, and friendships with Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, but he was also a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Following in the footsteps of utopias like Thomas More's "Utopia," which coined the word, and Plato's "The Republic," Morris imagines a future that has escaped capitalism and founded a society based on equality, simplicity, and beauty. It's not great as literature, but is interesting as social/political writing. This edition also includes some of his non-fiction writing, including essays on work, socialism, and art, letters, and reviews, including one of another utopian novel, Bellamy's "Looking Backward." A good introduction to a fascinating late Victorian figure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140433302
Editor:
Wilmer, Clive
Author:
Wilmer, Clive
Author:
Shankland, Graeme
Author:
Morris, William
Author:
Briggs, Asa
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Utopias
Subject:
Socialism
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19940131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.80x5.08x.86 in. .71 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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