Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859895774 Published January 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

William Morris

Centenary Essays

Edited by Peter Faulkner and Peter Preston

William Morris

Edited by Peter Faulkner and Peter Preston

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

298 pages | 30 illustrations including color | 9-9/10 x 6-1/2 | © 1999
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859895774 Published January 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This well illustrated book celebrates every aspect of the wide-ranging achievements of William Morris - writer, designer, cultural critic, revolutionary socialist - with particular emphasis on their relevance to our own times. The book makes available up-to-date Morris scholarship in accessible form.
Written by a group of international scholars who took part in a conference marking the centenary of the death of Morris in 1896, the book has sections devoted to Morris and Literature (covering texts from The Earthly Paradise to the late romances); Morris, the Arts & Crafts and the New World (including discussions of his influence in Rhode Island, Boston, Ontario and New Zealand); and Morris, Gender and Politics (with fresh consideration of his relation to Victorian ideas of manliness and of the particular qualities of his anti-statist politics). The latter section also draws attention to a hitherto unknown play by Morris’s daughter May and concludes with an account of his biographer, the late E.P. Thompson.




Introduction:     Morris in 1996

Peter Faulkner and Peter Preston

Part I:               Morris and the Environment

1        An Aesthetic Ecocommunist: Morris the Red and Morris the Green

Florence S. Boos

Part II:              Morris and Literature

2        Shadow of Turning in The Earthly Paradise

William Blissett

3        Sigurd the Volsung: Heroic Poetry in an Unheroic Age

Simon Dentith

4        The Troy Connection: Myth and History in Sigurd the Volsung

Amanda Hodgson

5        Beatrice and Ellen: Ideal Guides from Hell to Paradise

Adriana Corrado

6        William Morris and the Bear: Theme, Magic and Totem in the Romances

Norman Talbot

7        News from Nowhere and The Spoils of Poynton: Interiors and Exteriors

Norman Kelvin

Part III:            Morris, the Arts and Crafts and the New World

8        Sacred and Profane Love: The Oxford Union Murals and the Holy Grail Tapestries

Christine Poulson

9        ‘The Beautiful Book That Was’: William Morris and the Gift of A Book of Verse

Rosie Miles

10    William Morris in New England: Architecture and Design in Late Nineteenth-Century Rhode Island

Pedro Beade

11    William Morris and Nineteenth-Century Boston

Lindsay Leard-Coolidge

12    ‘Every Artist would be a Workman, and Every Workman an Artist’: Morrisian and Arts and Crafts Ideas and Ideals at the Ontario Educational Association 1900-1920

E. Lisa Panayotidis-Stortz

13    The Dilemma of Place: Arts and Crafts Architecture in the Antipodes

Ian J. Lochhead

Part IV:            Morris, Gender and Politics

14    William Morris and Victorian Manliness

Jan Marsh

15    Beyond the Law of the Father: The ‘New Woman’ in News from Nowhere

Ady Mineo

16    Lady Griselda’s Dream: May Morris’s Forgotten Play

Janis Londraville

17    Morris, Anit-Statism and Anarchy

Ruth Kinna

18    E. P. Thompson and William Morris

David Goodway

Notes to Chapters

Paper and Lectures delivered at the William Morris Centenary Conference


Postscript: The Work of the William Morris Society


Review Quotes
Utopian Studies

“The essays have two main foci: the revaluation of Morris in the context of his own time, and the revaluation of his legacy.  The strength of the book as a whole is that it answers to those two concerns admirably well.  The editors risked analytical depth in deciding to print so many (eighteen) essays touching not just on, say, Morris’s literary accomplishments, but also on his work as a designer, as a politician, and as a businessman.  But here too, the book succeeds, because nearly all of the essays are grounded by one overarching issue: Morris’s own relationship to history.  These pieces are concerned not only with his interest in the past, but also with his vigorous engagement with his historical present.” –Utopian Studies, 30 June 2000

Journal of the William Morris Society
“This is a challenging volume of essays which will no doubt further encourage Morrisian studies as we approach the new millennium. The editors, and the University of Exeter Press, are to be congratulated for producing such a fitting tribute to one of the greatest men of the Victorian age.” –Journal of the William Morris Society, Volume XIII, Number 3 Autumn 1999
The David Jones Journal

“William Morris: Centenary Essays should be regarded by Morrisian scholars as an essential source, now and for many years to come. The scope, variety and mostly high-sometimes outstanding-quality of the essays make it worthy of wider attention too. Expertly edited and attractively produced, moreover, the actual book truly befits its subject. Peter Faulkner, Peter Preston and the University of Exeter Press deserve congratulations and thanks.” –The David Jones Journal, 1999

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