Synopses & Reviews
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 livenow or in 1890.
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
The Story of the Unknown Church
A King's Lesson
Two Extracts from A Dream of John Ball
News from Nowhere
The Lesser Arts
Some Hints on Pattern-designing
Useful Work versus Useless Toil
The Hopes of Civilization
"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
[The Eastern Question]: letter to the Daily News
[Anti-Scrape]: letter to the Athenaeum
[St. Mark's, Venice]: letter to the Daily News