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Morris, William. (1834 - 1896).

W o r k

- revolutionised English design in textiles, embroidery, and tapestry

- also wrote poetry, fantasy fiction and romances, and translations, mostly from the Icelandic language 

P o e t r y :

The Earthly Paradise (1868 – 1870):

- retells tales from classical and northern sources, especially the newly rediscovered Icelandic sagas

- attempts to create a popular narrative art akin to Geoffrey Chaucer’s to unmake the false and artificial

x but: his sophistication prevents his folksy aspirations

F i c t i o n :

A Dream of John Ball (1886 – 1887):

- a fantasy novel based on the English peasants' Revolt of 1381 and the rebel John Ball

- takes an alternative positive view of the Middle Ages

News from Nowhere (1890):

- a polemical fantasy novel

- a vision of a world freed from machines and mechanical thinking to release individual creativity

The World Beyond the World (1894):

- a romance set in an invented fantasy world

- attempts to revive the genre of medieval romance


"With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on."

William Morris


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons.)

  • Author

    William Morris. (1834 - 1896).  British.
  • Work

    Designer. Poet. Novelist. Translator. Member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. 
  • Genres

    Victorian poetry and fiction. Fantasy fiction. Romance.


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