William Morris: Selected Writings

Ingrid Hanson (Editor)

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This newly selected edition of William Morris's works brings together poetry and prose, lectures, articles, and letters from his life, ordered chronologically, with an introduction highlighting his pressing and prescient writing on matters of the natural and built environment, human and non-human relations, internationalism, migration, and social justice, as well as the wide range of his literary and artistic concerns. Expert textual notes draw attention to the interconnectedness of Morris's writing and its rich literary, historical, and political contexts and sources: this is work that reaches back to tales of personal, dynastic, and political passion in medieval Europe or the craftsmanship of ancient Persia as deftly as it lambasts Victorian work practices and living conditions in Britain or sets out to correct misconceptions about the nature of social revolution; it creates visions of a just, equal, and beautiful future from re-told or imagined pasts. This selection includes lyric, epic, and narrative poetry and a range of prose writings that tell stories, conjure worlds, rouse their readers to action, and urge them to care for the earth, its inhabitants, its beauty, and its histories. It demonstrates the continuing power of Morris's writings to speak to the present with as lively, particular, and provocative a voice as it spoke to its own time.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages672
ISBN (Print)9780192894816
Publication statusIn preparation - May 2024

Publication series

Name21st-Century Oxford Authors
PublisherOxford University Press


  • William Morris
  • Victorians
  • poetry
  • art
  • socialism


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