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Morris, William 1834-1896

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Works: 3,686 works in 12,254 publications in 4 languages and 188,383 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Paraphrases  Romances  Fantasy fiction  Fantasy fiction, English 
Subject Headings: Authors, English  Designers  Socialists 
Roles: Author, Printer, Translator, Editor, Illustrator, Other, Artist, Lyricist, Honoree, Librettist, Dedicatee, Type designer, Author of introduction, Former owner, Recipient, Adapter, Engraver, Collector, Creator
Classifications: PR5083, 821.8
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News from nowhere; or, An epoch of rest: being some chapters from a utopian romance by William Morris( file )
292 editions published between 1890 and 2016 in English and held by 4,635 libraries worldwide
"News from Nowhere (1890) is the most famous work of one of the greatest British writers and thinkers, William Morris. It is a utopian picture of a future communist society, drawing on the work of Ruskin and Marx and written in response to what Morris saw as soulless and mechanical visions of socialism. In this work of his last years, Morris distilled many of his leading ideas on politics, art and society, imagining a world in which capitalism has been abolished by a workers' revolution and nature and society have become beautiful habitations for humanity. In an era that has seen the collapse of state socialism, Morris's damning critique of this conception, and his positing of a powerful alternative, are compelling reasons for paying attention to this classic of British socialism."--Jacket
The well at the world's end by William Morris( file )
57 editions published between 1892 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,327 libraries worldwide
Credited with inspiring such fantasy luminaries as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris' The Well at the World's End follows the travels of a prince, Ralph of Upmeads, who undertakes a journey to find the magical well of the title. Along the way, our hero encounters adventure, travails, and romance. A must-read for fans of classic quest stories
A dream of John Ball ; and, A king's lesson by William Morris( file )
122 editions published between 1888 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 3,112 libraries worldwide
This early work by William Morris was originally published in 1886 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. William Morris was born in London, England in 1834. Arguably best known as a textile designer, he founded a design partnership which deeply influenced the decoration of churches and homes during the early 20th century. However, he is also considered an important Romantic writer and pioneer of the modern fantasy genre, being a direct influence on authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. As well as fiction, Morris penned poetry and essays. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork
The earthly paradise : a poem by William Morris( Book )
272 editions published between 1868 and 1923 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,023 libraries worldwide
A series of 24 tales in verse, 2 for each month of the year
Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris( file )
46 editions published between 1895 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,019 libraries worldwide
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The Story Of The Volsungs (Volsunga Saga), With Excerpts From The Poetic Edda ( file )
6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,827 libraries worldwide
The collected letters of William Morris / 1881-1884 by William Morris( file )
33 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and held by 1,777 libraries worldwide
The years covered in this volume, 1881 through 1888, are among the most vigorous in Morris's career. They record the sharp swing from optimism that public events can be affected by political ideas to disillusion about the people holding the ideas, and finally show the signs--in 1888--of a new, more personal, beginning and the reformulated purpose to come. Moreover, the letters, as always tell us who among Morris's friends and associates were most important to him in the years in which they were written. They also address several matters essential for an understanding of Morris: his definition of the word "political"; his shift from writing poetry to prose; and his complex of interests embracing language, narrative, and the decorative arts
Signs of change : seven lectures delivered on various occasions by William Morris( file )
59 editions published between 1888 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,586 libraries worldwide
How we live and how we might live -- Whigs, democrats, and socialists -- Feudal England -- The hopes of civilization -- The aims of art -- Useful work versus useless toil -- Dawn of a new epoch
The Volsunga saga by Eiríkr Magnússon( file )
54 editions published between 1870 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,509 libraries worldwide
This 1907 volume contains The Volsunga Saga translated from the Icelandic into English. It is one of the many translations of the Norse legends published by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon
The wood beyond the world by William Morris( Book )
63 editions published between 1892 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,197 libraries worldwide
A groundbreaking fantasy novel, The Wood Beyond the World tells the story of a young man, Golden Walter, who finds himself in a strange and frightening world after being abandoned by his wife and lost at sea. The novel takes the form of Walter's quest for the visionary Maid that he sees at the beginning of his journey, and takes him from his failed marriage through temptation to fulfillment. Set in Morris's imaginative recreation of a medieval world, the novel is full of vivid imagery and surprising emotional realism
The story of Sigurd the Volsung and the fall of the Niblungs by William Morris( Book )
108 editions published between 1876 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,173 libraries worldwide
An epic poem, telling the tragic story of the Norse hero Sigmund, his son Sigurd (the equivalent of Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung) and Sigurd's wife Gudrun. The plot is largely based on the Volsunga Saga and the corresponding poems of the Elder Edda. -- Wikipedia
The defence of Guenevere, and other poems by William Morris( Book )
109 editions published between 1858 and 2011 in English and held by 1,170 libraries worldwide
The first volume of Pre-Raphaelite poetry to be published, Morris' 1858 The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems contains dark and somber verses characteristic of the style. Not received well by critics, the volume discouraged Morris from publishing his poetry again for some time
A tale of the house of the Wolfings and all the kindreds of the mark by William Morris( Book )
115 editions published between 1889 and 2017 in English and German and held by 1,146 libraries worldwide
The story of how the Wolfings fight, and eventually destroy, the invading Roman legions
The life and death of Jason : a poem by William Morris( Book )
91 editions published between 1867 and 2014 in English and held by 945 libraries worldwide
William Morris was born in Walthamstow, London on 24th March 1834 he is regarded today as a foremost poet, writer, textile designer, artist and libertarian. Morris began to publish poetry and short stories in 1856 through the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine which he founded with his friends and financed while at university. His first volume, in 1858, The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems, was the first published book of Pre-Raphaelite poetry. Due to its luke warm reception he was discouraged from poetry writing for a number of years. His return to poetry was with the great success of The Life and Death of Jason in 1867, which was followed by The Earthly Paradise, themed around a group of medieval wanderers searching for a land of everlasting life; after much disillusion, they discover a surviving colony of Greeks with whom they exchange stories. In the collection are retellings of Icelandic sagas. From then until his Socialist period Morris's fascination with the ancient Germanic and Norse peoples dominated his writing being the first to translate many of the Icelandic sagas into English; the epic retelling of the story of Sigurd the Volsung being his favourite. In 1884 he founded the Socialist League but with the rise of the Anarachists in the party he left it in 1890. In 1891 he founded the Kelmscott Press publishing limited edition illuminated style books. His design for The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is a masterpiece. Morris was quietly approached with an offer of the Poet Laureateship after the death of Tennyson in 1892, but declined. William Morris died at age 62 on 3rd October 1896 in London. Here we present The Life And Death Of Jason
The collected letters of William Morris / 1889-1892 by William Morris( file )
15 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 904 libraries worldwide
These volumes bring to a close the only comprehensive edition of the surviving correspondence of William Morris (1834-1896), a protean figure who exerted a major influence as poet, craftsman, master printer, and designer. Volumes III and IV, taken together, give in detail the comments and observations that articulate his problematic political and artistic stands and equally problematic position within the aesthetic movement as it developed in the 1890s. Most eloquently voiced also are the complexities of his troubled marriage and his devotion to his epileptic daughter, Jenny, and his other daughter, May. But dominating all these themes, organizing and structuring them, are the Kelmscott Press and the building of Morris's important library of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. The letters record the way in which the Press becomes not only the center of Morris's aesthetic ambitions and achievements but also the site for his closest human relations and for much of his connecting with the makers of early modernism. The letters in Volumes III and IV are thoroughly annotated, and through texts and notes provide a new assessment of Morris's career. Included also, as appendices to Volume IV, are two important documents: the first, never before published, is F.S. Ellis's Valuation List of Morris's library, made after Morris's death, and the second, never before reprinted, is the text of what was to be Morris's final essay on socialism, published in April 1896. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The collected letters of William Morris by William Morris( file )
19 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 860 libraries worldwide
These volumes bring to a close the only comprehensive edition of the surviving correspondence of William Morris (1834-1896), a protean figure who exerted a major influence as poet, craftsman, master printer, and designer. Volumes III and IV, taken together, give in detail the comments and observations that articulate his problematic political and artistic stands and equally problematic position within the aesthetic movement as it developed in the 1890s. Most eloquently voiced also are the complexities of his troubled marriage and his devotion to his epileptic daughter, Jenny, and his other daughter, May. But dominating all these themes, organizing and structuring them, are the Kelmscott Press and the building of Morris's important library of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. The letters record the way in which the Press becomes not only the center of Morris's aesthetic ambitions and achievements but also the site for his closest human relations and for much of his connecting with the makers of early modernism. The letters in Volumes III and IV are thoroughly annotated, and through texts and notes provide a new assessment of Morris's career. Included also, as appendices to Volume IV, are two important documents: the first, never before published, is F.S. Ellis's Valuation List of Morris's library, made after Morris's death, and the second, never before reprinted, is the text of what was to be Morris's final essay on socialism, published in April 1896. Originally published in 1996. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The water of the Wondrous isles by William Morris( Book )
69 editions published between 1897 and 2015 in English and German and held by 851 libraries worldwide
Plot: "Stolen as a child and raised in the wood of Evilshaw as servant to a witch, Birdalone ultimately escapes in her captress's magical boat, in which she travels to a succession of strange and wonderful islands. Among these is the Isle of Increase Unsought, an island cursed with boundless production, which Morris intended as a parallel of contemporary Britain and a vehicle for his socialistic beliefs. Equally radical, during much of the first quarter of the novel, Birdalone is naked, a highly unusual detail in Victorian fiction. She is occasionally assisted out of jams by Habundia, her lookalike fairy godmother. She encounters three maidens who are held prisoner by another witch. They await deliverance by their lovers, the three paladins of the Castle of the Quest. Birdalone is clad by the maidens and seeks out their heroes, and the story goes into high gear as they set out to rescue the women. Ultimately, one lady is reunited with her knight, another finds a new love when her knight is killed, and the last is left to mourn as her champion throws her over for Birdalone."--Wikipedia
The Sundering Flood by William Morris( Book )
36 editions published between 1897 and 2017 in English and held by 779 libraries worldwide
"The celebrated medievalist William Morris was among the first writers to combine supernatural elements with worldbuilding, creating the precursors of modern fantasy fiction. In his final novel, he envisions the tale of two lovers, separated by a broad river as well as an invading army. A captivating blend of chivalric romance and wizardry, this volume is a facsimile of the highly ornamented Kelmscott Press edition"--
The story of the Glittering Plain : which has been also called the Land of living men or the Acre of the undying by William Morris( Book )
83 editions published between 1891 and 1980 in English and held by 756 libraries worldwide
When Hallblithe's betrothed is carried off in a strage ship, he sets off alone on a long search for her over land and sea. This leads him through many exciting adventures, first on the Isle of Ransom and then on the Glittering Plain, or the Acre of the Undying, where men find eternal youth. In this false paradise he is disappointed again, but learns of the purpose of the abduction--to lure him away--and makes his escape to continue the search. The strange, semi-medieval language which Morris creates is wonderfully evocative of the distant past, and this exotic and often comic story is one of his most fresh and colourful romances
The story of Grettir the Strong by Allen French( Book )
58 editions published between 1859 and 2004 in English and held by 706 libraries worldwide
One of the many Icelandic sagas translated by Morris, Grettis Saga: The Story of Grettir the Strong follows the story of the title character--a petty thief, grave robber and murderer named Grettir Asmudson. Grettir sets off on a journey to better his reputation by killing and warding off supernatural beings that have harmed the people in his village. This translation includes a detailed chronology of events and in-depth table of contents as well as a lengthy introduction by Morris' co-translator, Eiríkr Magnússon
 
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Alternative Names
Gulielmus Morris
Moris, V. 1834-1896
Moris Viljamas
Moriss, V. (Viljams), 1834-1896
Moriss, Viljams, 1834-1896
Morisu, Wiriamu 1834-1896
Morris.
Morris (1834-1896)
Morris, Guillermo 1834-1896
Morris, May
Morris, Uilʹi?a︡m, 1834-1896
Morris Uiliam
Morris, Uilʹi︠a︡m 1834-1896
Morris, Villiam 1834-1896
Morris, Villʹjam 1834-1896
Morris W.
Morris, W. 1834-1896
Morris William 1834-1896
Morris, William M.
Morris, William M. 1834-1896
Morrisas W.
Uiljam Morris
Uilyam Morris
Vilijam Moris
Viljams Moriss
William Morris
William Morris 1834-1896
William Morris artista e scrittore inglese
William Morris brita verkisto
William Morris britischer Schriftsteller
William Morris Brits architect
William Morris brittisk konstnär, formgivare och författare
William Morris écrivain britannique
William Morris écrivain et théoricien, peintre, dessinateur, designer, décorateur, architecte et socialiste britannique
William Morris malarz i rysownik angielski
Wiriam Morisu 1934-1896
Ουίλιαμ Μόρις
Вилијам Морис
Вилијам Морис англиски писател и дизајнер
Вільям Морріс
Морис, В 1834-1896
Моррес В
Моррес В. 1834-1896
Моррис В
Моррис В. 1834-1896
Моррис Уильям
Моррис, Уильям 1834-1896
Уильям Моррис
Уилям Морис
Уилям Моррис
Уільям Морыс
Ուիլյամ Մոռիս
ויליאם מוריס
ויליאם מוריס סופר, אומן ומעצב בריטי
מוריס, ויליאם 1834-1896
מוריס, וילים 1834-1896
ويليام موريس
ويليام موريس كاتب انجليزي
ویلیام موریس
উইলিয়াম মরিস
வில்லியம் மோரிஸ்
วิลเลียม มอร์ริส
უილიამ მორისი
모리스, 윌리암 1834-1896
모리스, 윌리엄 1834-1896
윌리엄 모리스
ウィリアム・モリス
ウィリアム・モリス 1834-1896
モリス
モリス, W
モリス, イリアム
モリス, ウィリアム
モリス, ウィリアム 1834-1896
モリス, ウイリアム
威廉·莫里斯
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