William Morris: Centenary Essays : Papers from the Morris Centenary Conference Organized by the William Morris Society at Exeter College Oxford, 30 June-3 July 1996

William Morris: Centenary Essays : Papers from the Morris Centenary Conference Organized by the William Morris Society at Exeter College Oxford, 30 June-3 July 1996

William Morris: Centenary Essays : Papers from the Morris Centenary Conference Organized by the William Morris Society at Exeter College Oxford, 30 June-3 July 1996

William Morris: Centenary Essays : Papers from the Morris Centenary Conference Organized by the William Morris Society at Exeter College Oxford, 30 June-3 July 1996

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Peter Faulkner and Peter Preston

It is good to be able to record that 1996, the year that marked the centenary of Morris's death, was one in which his reputation and the recognition of his extraordinary achievement continued to grow. a major factor in this was the extensive exhibition organized at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London by Linda Parry. But there were many other significant events, including exhibitions in other parts of the country and abroad, such as the travelling exhibition 'A Vision in Action', mounted jointly by the Society of Designer Craftsmen and the William Morris Society, and 'William Morris Re-Visited: Questioning the Legacy', organized by the Crafts Council, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Both of these exhibitions emphasized Morris's importance for contemporary design.

There was also a wide range of publications. These had been preceded by Fiona MacCarthy's massive William Morris. a Life for Our Time of 1994, which, widely reviewed and praised, did much to prepare the way for the success of the centenary. the year itself saw the completion of Norman Kelvin's great achievement in the editing of Morris's letters, the final two volumes appearing at the end of the year to much applause. a number of Morris's works were reissued, including the Icelandic Journals (with an introduction by Magnus Magnusson) and The Well at the World's End (with one by Nicholas Salmon), in addition to the second group of the William Morris Library from the Thoemmes Press of Bristol. This included Salmon's Journalism: Contributions to 'Commonweal' 1885–1890, complementing his 1994 collection Political Writings: Contributions to 'Justice' and 'Commonweal' 1883–1890; editions of The Glittering Plain and Child Christopher (by Norman Talbot), The Hollow Land (by Eugene LeMire), Three Northern Love Stories (by Gary Aho), Arts and Crafts Essays (by Peter Faulkner), and a collection . . .

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