Portrait of William Morris

Portrait of William Morris

Portrait of William Morris

Portrait of William Morris

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This book is intended as a study of Morris himself, and not of his work as craftsman or author. These aspects of his life have been considered in detail by competent authorities. So much in detail, in fact, that Morris has been somewhat submerged under the flood of his activities. But one thing emerges, I find, in writing of him: that strong as Morris's personality undoubtedly was--that is shown by the deep impression he made on all who knew him--it is curiously elusive. There was something strange and unexplained about him.

J. W. Mackail Life of Morris still, after nearly fifty years, remains the authoritative biography; and to that must be added the Introductions written for the twenty-four volumes of Morris Collected Works, by his daughter May Morris. They are of the utmost value, being first-hand and authentic. I am indebted to Messrs. Longmans Green, Ltd., and the Society of Antiquaries, for permission to quote from these Introductions. Linked with them is Lady Burne-Jones Memorials of her husband, and to her daughter, Mrs. Mackail, I am grateful for a similar permission. Also to Messrs. Secker and Warburg, Ltd., and to the Executors of Wilfred Scawen Blunt for the same kindness in regard to Blunt My Diaries.

E. M.

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