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Morris was the Victorian Age's model of the Renaissance man. Arrested in 1885 for preaching socialism on a London street corner (he was head of the Hammersmith Socialist League and editor of its paper, The Commonweal, at the time), he was called before a magistrate and asked for identification. He mostrar mais modestly described himself upon publication (1868--70) as "Author of "The Earthly Paradise,' pretty well known, I think, throughout Europe." He might have added that he was also the head of Morris and Company, makers of fine furniture, carpets, wallpapers, stained glass, and other crafts; founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; and founder, as well as chief designer, for the Kelmscott Press, which set a standard for fine book design that has carried through to the present. His connection to design is significant. Morris and Company, for example, did much to revolutionize the art of house decoration and furniture in England. Morris's literary productions spanned the spectrum of styles and subjects. He began under the influence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti with a Pre-Raphaelite volume called The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858); he turned to narrative verse, first in the pastoral mode ("The Earthly Paradise") and then under the influence of the Scandinavian sagas ("Sigurd the Volsung"). After "Sigurd," his masterpiece, Morris devoted himself for a time exclusively to social and political affairs, becoming known as a master of the public address; then, during the last decade of his life, he fused these two concerns in a series of socialist romances, the most famous of which is News from Nowhere (1891). (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Portrait of William Morris, aged 53 by Frederick Hollyer.


Obras por William Morris

The Wood Beyond the World (1892) 760 exemplares
The Water of the Wondrous Isles (1897) 273 exemplares
The Sundering Flood (1897) 185 exemplares
Useful Work versus Useless Toil (1977) 133 exemplares
Selected Writings and Designs (1962) 118 exemplares
The Roots of the Mountains (1979) 99 exemplares
The Earthly Paradise (1878) 59 exemplares
Golden Wings and Other Stories (1976) 43 exemplares
A Dream of John Ball (1900) 39 exemplares
The Life and Death of Jason (1867) 37 exemplares
The Hollow Land (2005) 34 exemplares
Hopes and Fears for Art (1994) 28 exemplares
Poems by the Way (1891) 26 exemplares
Prose and Poetry (1856-1870) (1913) 25 exemplares
Defence of Guenevere (1981) 24 exemplares
Love Is Enough (2012) 23 exemplares
Old French Romances (1896) 23 exemplares
Selected Poems (1992) 22 exemplares
Icelandic Journals (1969) 22 exemplares
William Morris: Artifacts/Glass (1996) 22 exemplares
Signs of Change (1888) 20 exemplares
William Morris's Socialist Diary (1981) 18 exemplares
William Morris: wallpapers and chintzes (1973) — Ilustrador — 17 exemplares
William Morris: Words & Wisdom (2014) 16 exemplares
The Story of Sigurd the Volsung (1877) 15 exemplares
Poems By The Way & Love Is Enough (1900) 12 exemplares
William Morris Giftwrap Paper (1991) 11 exemplares
Socialism: Its Growth and Outcome (1893) 11 exemplares
William Morris on art & design (1996) 10 exemplares
The Novel on Blue Paper (1982) 9 exemplares
Chants for Socialists (1935) 8 exemplares
Masters in This Hall (1958) — Words — 8 exemplares
Arte y artesanía (2011) 8 exemplares
V&A Introduces: William Morris (2017) 7 exemplares
Pocketful of Stars (1994) 7 exemplares
Arts and crafts essays (1996) 6 exemplares
Art and the beauty of the earth (1986) 6 exemplares
Gothic architecture (2001) 6 exemplares
The Revolt of Ghent (2011) 5 exemplares
La era del sucedáneo (2016) 5 exemplares
Twelve William Morris Bookmarks (2000) 5 exemplares
The History of Over Sea (1909) 5 exemplares
Early poems of William Morris (1914) 4 exemplares
Konst och politik (1977) 4 exemplares
William Morris ABC (2017) 4 exemplares
Arte y sociedad industrial (1977) 3 exemplares
The Art and Craft of Printing (2013) 3 exemplares
Art and socialism (2001) 3 exemplares
Some hints on pattern-designing (2010) 3 exemplares
Story of the Volsungs 2 exemplares
Wallpapers and Designs (1971) 2 exemplares
Politics, art and society (2001) 2 exemplares
Poems by William Morris (1904) 2 exemplares
La civilisation et le travail (2013) 2 exemplares
Umudun Yolcuları (2007) 2 exemplares
Ten Pre-Raphaelite Poems (2011) 2 exemplares
News from nowhere: Volume 1 (2010) 2 exemplares
La Défense de Guenièvre (2021) 2 exemplares
Poems of Protest (2013) 2 exemplares
Norrcena: The Volsunga Saga (1905) 1 exemplar
Love is Enough 1 exemplar
Arbetet och socialismen (1983) 1 exemplar
William Morris 2000 Calendar (1999) 1 exemplar
Ogier the Dane 1 exemplar
Lindenborg Pool 1 exemplar
An Essay on Printing (2012) 1 exemplar
The Man Born to Be King (1913) 1 exemplar
Under an Elm-Tree, etc (1891) 1 exemplar
The House Of The Wolfings (2004) 1 exemplar

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Goblin Market (1862) — Ilustrador, algumas edições738 exemplares
Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (2003) — Contribuidor — 608 exemplares
English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Contribuidor — 606 exemplares
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contribuidor — 446 exemplares
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Contribuidor — 328 exemplares
Good King Wenceslas (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições312 exemplares
The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue (1800) — Tradutor, algumas edições306 exemplares
Epic and Saga (1909) — Tradutor — 266 exemplares
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contribuidor — 260 exemplares
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 4th Edition, Volume 2 (1979) — Contribuidor — 249 exemplares
Art History and Its Methods: A Critical Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
A Treasury of Fantasy (1981) — Contribuidor — 185 exemplares
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
A Documentary History of Art, Volume 3 (1966) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Young Magicians (1969) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
Dystopia Utopia: Short Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy (1972) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Merlin (2009) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History, c. 1880-1900 (2000) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Heroic Fantasy Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2015) — Artista da capa, algumas edições73 exemplares
The Merlin Chronicles (1995) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
A Book of Narrative Verse (1930) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Time Travel Short Stories: Anthology of New & Classic Tales (2017) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Victorian Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (1996) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Selected English Short Stories (First Series) (1914) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Writing Politics: An Anthology (2020) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
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Modern Arthurian Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Great Ghost Stories: 34 Classic Tales of the Supernatural (2002) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Kingdoms of Sorcery: An Anthology of Adult Fantasy (1976) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction : Le manoir des roses (1978) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Nobilis: A Roleplaying Game (1999) — Ilustrador, algumas edições17 exemplares
I Preraffaelliti (1974) — Ilustrador — 15 exemplares
Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus (1893) — Prefácio, algumas edições14 exemplares
Dreams and Wonders: Stories from the Dawn of Modern Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
English Narrative Poems (1909) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Religion of Beauty: Selections from the Aesthetes (1950) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Selected English short stories XIX & XX centuries (1914) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Masterpiece Library of Short Stories Volumes 1 & 2 (1940) — Tradutor — 10 exemplares
Utopiasosialistit (2009) 8 exemplares
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Big Book for Girls — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Odyssey of Homer, Vol. 2 — Tradutor, algumas edições1 exemplar
The Odyssey of Homer, Vol. 1 — Tradutor, algumas edições1 exemplar


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Lawton Kennedy on William Morris em Fine Press Forum (Fevereiro 15)


I picked this book because i read that this book inspired Narnia and The Lord of The Rings series.

The first thing I notice about this book is the language. The author uses old-english like style that are somewhat challenging to read, especially for new readers. But in my case, I became used to it and after read the book, i understood that it is needed to compliment the themes and settings of this book.

This book has 3 part. And follow the story of a young Prince that seeking for adventures, and how he overcome the obstacles.

The story itself is slow at the start. The beginning of the book reads like a sort of fairytale or children story, but then at the later part, it become more mature plot-wise. The boring part is in the second half of the first part and I almost abandon this book out of boredeom, but I'm glad i didn't. Starting from Part 2, the plot and the main character become more interesting. For some people the prose and the story's structure can be a drag compared to a modern fantasy stories. But I personally didn't have a problem.

The characters count are plenty but not overwhelming. And some of them are well-written especially the main character, as this book tells how he grown to become a man over the course of the story.

Overall, i didn't expect this book to become one of my favorites. I recommend it anyone who love fantasy books, bonus point if you also like old-english prose.
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arifrohman | 6 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
A book that describes a socialist/communist Utopia in England - whats not to like? - Answer, William Morris' book published in 1890. The hero William Guest (yes very witty) falls asleep after a meeting of the socialist league - he might well have fallen asleep during the meeting of the socialist league, and dreams that he has woken up in some sort of future socialist utopia. To keep the reader guessing, for a short time Guest does not know where he is, but the sun is shinning and everybody that he meets acts kindly and considerately. He then embarks on a journey up the river Thames with his new friends learning from them the joys brought about by common ownership and the ditching of machines.

I found the book weakly thought through with it golden glow version of socialism based on handicrafts and the love of nature. Guest learns from an elderly boffin the history of the previous two hundred years as he continues his journey of discovery following the river Thames through sleepy villages that were once commuter hubs for the cockneys. Its all so facile and even worse than that; it is boring. This did not work for me on any level, probably it will be the worst read of the year - 2 stars.
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baswood | 16 outras críticas | Oct 3, 2023 |
Se chiedete ai muri chi ha inventato il genere fantasy come lo conosciamo oggi, questi risponderanno: Tolkien! È un fatto universalmente riconosciuto, se non altro perché, nella maggior parte delle classifiche di “Migliori fantasy di tutti i tempi”, svetta Il Signore degli Anelli.

Dico questo non per scalzarlo dalla sua posizione, ma per fare una precisazione: Tolkien non ha inventato il genere fantasy. Casomai lo ha diffuso e lo ha reso un genere amatissimo. Colui che ha inventato il fantasy è il misconosciuto William Morris, poliedrico artista inglese nato nel 1834 e morto quattro anni dopo la nascita di Tolkien.

Tolkien stesso ha ammesso (e C.S. Lewis con lui) di essere stato molto influenzato dall'opera di Morris. Infatti, leggendo La Fonte ai confini del mondo si colgono numerose affinità con Il Signore degli Anelli: è stato un piacere trovarle, come rivedere un vecchio amico.

Naturalmente, il valore de La Fonte ai confini del mondo non va visto unicamente in relazione con la sua influenza sulle opere successive. È un romanzo dal sapore medievale, ma depurato di quegli elementi moralisti che lo renderebbero noioso.

Ha anche il sapore della fiaba, percepibile proprio all'inizio, quando il vecchio Re di Upmeads fa scegliere alla sorte la direzione che dovranno prendere i suoi figli. E fiabeschi sono anche i riferimenti a luoghi pieni di un'antica magia che sembra preesistente al cristianesimo e destinata a durare per sempre.
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lasiepedimore | 6 outras críticas | Sep 12, 2023 |
Very disappointed. Put it down a third of the way through. The verse bits are just unbearably plodding. You know a book has failed you (or you it, I suppose) when you give up in the middle of a battle scene. *yawn*
judeprufrock | 6 outras críticas | Jul 4, 2023 |



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