* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Morris’ life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 11 novels, with individual contents tables
* Many rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry and the short stories
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Includes Morris’ translations and a selection of non-fiction - spend hours exploring the author’s varied works
* Features Mackail’s seminal biography - discover Morris’ literary and artistic life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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A DREAM OF JOHN BALL
THE HOUSE OF THE WOLFINGS
THE ROOTS OF THE MOUNTAINS
NEWS FROM NOWHERE
THE STORY OF THE GLITTERING PLAIN
THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD
CHILD CHRISTOPHER AND GOLDILIND THE FAIR
THE WELL AT THE WORLD’S END
THE WATER OF THE WONDROUS ISLES
THE SUNDERING FLOOD
THE NOVEL ON BLUE PAPER
The Shorter Fiction
INTRODUCTION TO THE FANTASY SHORT STORIES OF MORRIS
THE HOLLOW LAND
A KING’S LESSON
GOLDEN WINGS AND OTHER STORIES
THE FOLK OF THE MOUNTAIN DOOR
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE TABLES TURNED; OR, NUPKINS AWAKENED
The Poetry Collections
THE DEFENCE OF GUENEVERE, AND OTHER POEMS
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JASON
THE EARTHLY PARADISE
LOVE IS ENOUGH
THE STORY OF SIGURD THE VOLSUNG AND THE FALL OF THE NIBLUNGS
THE PILGRIMS OF HOPE
CHANTS FOR SOCIALISTS
ALFRED LINNELL, KILLED IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE. A DEATH SONG
POEMS BY THE WAY
UNPUBLISHED POEMS AND FRAGMENTS
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE SAGA OF GUNNLAUG THE WORM-TONGUE AND RAFN THE SKALD
THREE NORTHERN LOVE STORIES, AND OTHER TALES
THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE
THE AENEIDS OF VIRGIL DONE INTO ENGLISH
THE TALE OF BEOWULF DONE OUT OF THE OLD ENGLISH TONGUE
THE ORDINATION OF KNIGHTHOOD
OLD FRENCH ROMANCES DONE INTO ENGLISH
SIGNS OF CHANGE
PREFACE TO ‘ARTS AND CRAFTS ESSAYS BY MEMBERS OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBITION SOCIETY’
HOPES AND FEARS FOR ART
PREFACE TO ‘MEDIAEVAL LORE FROM BARTHOLOMEW ANGLICUS’
THE ART AND CRAFT OF PRINTING
MORRIS & CO. TEXTILE DESIGNS
MORRIS & CO. STAINED GLASS DESIGNS
THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MORRIS by John William Mackail
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The present book faithfully reproduces 40 of the most celebrated examples of Morris's work, reprinting in full color all the color plates from The Art of William Morris, published by George Bell & Sons in 1897. Included in this splendid, ready-to-use archive are richly detailed wallpaper designs incorporating marigold, vine, acanthus, apple, wild tulip, daisy and trellis motifs; hand-painted tiles with a rose pattern; chintzes displaying honeysuckle and bird and anemone designs; an acanthus design on printed velveteen; a superb peacock and dragon design on woven wool tapestry; a magnificent Kidderminster carpet with its lily motif.
Originally intended to decorate Victorian homes, these tasteful patterns provide a wealth of source material for modern artists working in advertising, textile, residential or industrial design. Commercial artists and graphic designers will welcome this modestly priced collection of copyright-free designs by one of the most influential artists of the Victorian period.
As the youngest son of a king, Ralph of Upmeads is expected to forsake adventure for the safety of home. But the call of the Well at the World’s End is too powerful to resist, and Ralph disobeys his parents in order to seek out his true destiny in its magical waters. The journey is long and arduous as the well lies on the far side of a distant mountain range and the lands beyond Upmeads are full of treacherous characters. With the help of a beautiful maiden and an ancient hermit, Ralph completes his quest and raises the cup of immortality and wisdom to his lips. The question is, what will he do with his newfound powers?
Widely recognized as the forerunner to modern fantasy, The Well at the World’s End is a magnificent tale of romance and adventure and a major influence on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
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The book explores a number of aspects of this society, including its organisation and the relationships which it engenders between people.
Ralph of Upmeads, the youngest son of King Peter, has acted against his parents' wishes to pursue adventure. But Ralph does not want just any quest. He seeks out the Well at the World's End—a magical well famed to bring immortality to those who drink from it.
As Ralph begins his venture across the land he is haunted by dreams of a strange woman—the Servant of the Well. When he meets Ursula, a woman of incredible likeness to the one he dreamed, will he continue his quest or fall in love?
Credited with inspiring both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, The Well as the World's End even features a horse named Shadowfax and a king named Gandolf.
The Well at the World's End is being released as a part of Momentum's Classic Fantasy Fiction series.
The tale of the House of the Wolfings in its struggles against the legionaries of Rome then advancing into Northern Germany.
In 1890 Morris started the Kelmscott Press, for which he designed type and decorations. For his subjects as a writer he drew upon classic and Gothic models alike. He may perhaps be regarded as the chief of the modern romantic school, inspired by the love of beauty for its own sake; his poetry is rich and musical, and he has a power of description which makes his pictures live and glow, but his narratives sometimes suffer from length and slowness of movement.
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or, An Epoch of Rest
Being Some Chapters From a Utopian Romance
Discussion and Bed
Up at the League, says a friend, there had been one night a brisk
conversational discussion, as to what would happen on the Morrow of
the Revolution, finally shading off into a vigorous statement by
various friends of their views on the future of the fully-developed
Says our friend: Considering the subject, the discussion was
good-tempered; for those present being used to public meetings and
after-lecture debates, if they did not listen to each others' opinions
(which could hardly be expected of them), at all events did not always
attempt to speak all together, as is the custom of people in ordinary
polite society when conversing on a subject which interests them. For
the rest, there were six persons present, and consequently six
sections of the party were represented, four of which had strong but
divergent Anarchist opinions. One of the sections, says our friend, a
man whom he knows very well indeed, sat almost silent at the beginning
of the discussion, but at last got drawn into it and finished by
roaring out very loud, and damning all the rest for fools; after which
befell a period of noise, and then a lull, during which the aforesaid
section, having said good-night very amicably, took his way home by
himself to a western suburb, using the means of travelling which
civilisation has forced upon us like a habit. As he sat in that
vapour-bath of hurried and discontented humanity, a carriage of the
underground railway, he, like others stewed discontentedly, while in
self-reproachful mood he turned over the many excellent and conclusive
arguments which though they lay at his fingers' ends, he had forgotten
in the just past discussion. But this frame of mind he was so used to,
that it didn't last him long, and after a brief discomfort, caused by
disgust with himself for having lost his temper (which he was also
well used to), he found himself musing on the subject-matter of
discussion, but still discontentedly and unhappily. "If I could but
As he formed the words, the train stopped at his station, five
minutes' walk from his own house, which stood on the banks of the
Thames, a little way above an ugly suspension bridge. He went out of
the station, still discontented and unhappy, muttering "If I could but
see it! if I could but see it!" but had not gone many steps toward the
river before (says our friend who tells the story) all that discontent
and trouble seemed to slip off him.
It was a beautiful night of early winter, the air just sharp enough to
be refreshing after the hot room and the stinking railway carriage.
The wind, which had lately turned a point or two north of west, had
blown the sky clear of all cloud save a light fleck of two which went
swiftly down the heavens. There was a young moon halfway up the sky,
and as the home-farer caught sight of it, tangled in the branches of a
tall old elm, he could scarce bring to his mind the shabby London
suburb where he was, and he felt as if he were in a pleasant country
place--pleasanter, indeed, than the deep country was as he had known
He came right down to the river-side, and lingered a little, looking
over the low wall to note the moon-lit river, near upon high water, go
swirling and glittering up to Cheswick Eyot; as for the ugly bridge
below, he did not notice it or t hink of it, except when for a moment
(says our friend) it stuck him that he missed the row of lights
down-stream. Then he turned to his house door and let himself in; and
even as he shut the door to, disappeared all remembrance of that
brilliant logic and foresight which had so illuminated the recent
discussion; and of the discussion itself there remained no trace, save
a vague hope, that was now become a pleasure, for days of peace and
rest, and cleanness and smiling goodwill.
In this mood he tumbled into bed, and fell asleep after his wont, in
two minutes' time; but (contrary to his wont) woke up again not long
after in that curiously wide-awake condition which sometimes surprises
even good sleepers; a condition uder which we feel all our wits
preternaturally sharpened, while all the miserable muddles we have
ever got into, all the disgraces and losses of our lives, will insist
on thrusting themselves forward for the consideration of those
In this state he lay (says our friend) till he had almost begun to
enjoy it; till the tale of his stupidities amused him, and the
entanglements before him, which he saw so clearly, began to shape
themselves into an amusing story for him.
He heard one o'clock strike then two and then three; after which he
fell asleep again. Our friend says that from that sleep he awoke once
more, and afterwards went through such surprising adventures that he
thinks that they should be told to our comrades, and indeed the public
in general, and therefore he proposes to tell them now. But, says he,
I think it would be better if I told them in the first person, as if
it were myself who had gone through them; which, indeed, will be the
easier and more natural to me, since I understand the feeling and
desires of the comrade of whom I am telling better than any one else
in the world does.
A captivating blend of chivalric romance and wizardry, this volume is a facsimile of the highly ornamented Kelmscott Press edition of 1897. The text is printed in black, with red chapter titles, and the lovely borders and initials are Morris's own design.
Even if there were enough copies for everyone who wanted one, the cost of original Kelmscott books is prohibitively expensive. For this reason, Dover Publications has reissued one of Morris's most noteworthy books in a photographic facsimile that retains the enchantment of the original edition. More than an exquisitely produced book, The Wood Beyond the World ranks among the finest of Morris's prose-romances, a wonderful fantasy in a medieval setting, brimming with high adventure and flights of fancy. This superbly illustrated novel was among the first to combine reality and the supernatural, and it served as inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and countless other fantasists.
When the wife of Golden Walter betrays him for another man, he leaves home on a trading voyage to avoid the necessity of a feud with her family. His efforts are fruitless, as word comes to him enroute that his wife's clan has killed his father. As a storm then carries him to a faraway country, the effect of this news is merely to sunder his last ties to his homeland.
This edition collates for the first time the three early texts of the work. The introduction discusses the place of the book among Morris’s other prose romances, the events of his life, and his activities as a visual artist and a socialist. The appendices provide excerpts from Morris’s translation of Beowulf, other medieval texts read by Morris, and writings by his contemporaries on politics and aesthetics.
After Golden Walter finds his wife with another man, he leaves home on a trading ship. While at sea he hears news that his father has been killed—by his wife's family. When a brutal storm then carries Golden to a faraway country, the last ties to his homeland are cut. Is the storm yet another obstacle, or is it a gift of new life?
The Wood Beyond the World is being released as a part of Momentum's Classic Fantasy Fiction series.
"But my great author was Morris. I had met him first in quotations in books on Norse mythology. After that I read all the Morris I could get ..." C. S. Lewis
Although the novel is relatively obscure by today's standards it has had a significant influence on many notable fantasy authors. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien both seem to have found inspiration in The Well at the World's End: ancient tables of stone, a "King Peter", a quick, white horse named "Silverfax", and a character named "Gandalf" are only a few, to say nothing of Ralph's journey home as denouement, anticipating the Hobbits' return and battle for the Shire.