News from Nowhere and Other Writings

News from Nowhere and Other Writings


Introduction by: Clive Wilmer

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140433302
  • 480 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

This volume illustrates the variety of William Morris’s prose, while focusing on one theme: the earthly paradise. The “Nowhere” of News from Nowhere (1890) is England in 2102, an ideal pastoral society born out of revolution. It is as compelling a dream of the future as the nightmares of Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Exhilaratingly, it reminds us that nothing is inevitable about the way we live—now or in 1890.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Bibliographical Note
Romance
The Story of the Unknown Church
A King’s Lesson
Two Extracts from A Dream of John Ball
News from Nowhere
Lectures
The Lesser Arts
Some Hints on Pattern-designing
Useful Work versus Useless Toil
The Hopes of Civilization
Gothic Architecture
Occasional Prose
“Looking Backward”: a review of Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
Under an Elm-tree; or, Thoughts in the Countryside
Preface to The Nature of Gothic by John Ruskin
Foreword to Utopia by Sir Thomas More
How I Became a Socialist
A Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press
Letters
[The Eastern Question]: letter to the Daily News
[Anti-Scrape]: letter to the Athenaeum
[St. Mark’s, Venice]: letter to the Daily News
Notes
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