The House of the Wolfings: A Tale of the House of the Wolfings and All the Kindreds of the Mark

The Floating Press
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Jack-of-all-trades William Morris lived a fascinating life: in between his time designing furniture and textiles, he penned a series of ethereal fantasy epics that would prove to be extremely influential. Though not exactly fantasy, this poetic account of ancient Germanic tribes' efforts to hold back the invading Roman hordes is steeped in the same sense of mythos as Morris' more fantastic tales.
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Morris was the Victorian Age's model of the Renaissance man. Arrested in 1885 for preaching socialism on a London street corner (he was head of the Hammersmith Socialist League and editor of its paper, The Commonweal, at the time), he was called before a magistrate and asked for identification. He modestly described himself upon publication (1868--70) as "Author of "The Earthly Paradise,' pretty well known, I think, throughout Europe." He might have added that he was also the head of Morris and Company, makers of fine furniture, carpets, wallpapers, stained glass, and other crafts; founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; and founder, as well as chief designer, for the Kelmscott Press, which set a standard for fine book design that has carried through to the present. His connection to design is significant. Morris and Company, for example, did much to revolutionize the art of house decoration and furniture in England. Morris's literary productions spanned the spectrum of styles and subjects. He began under the influence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti with a Pre-Raphaelite volume called The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858); he turned to narrative verse, first in the pastoral mode ("The Earthly Paradise") and then under the influence of the Scandinavian sagas ("Sigurd the Volsung"). After "Sigurd," his masterpiece, Morris devoted himself for a time exclusively to social and political affairs, becoming known as a master of the public address; then, during the last decade of his life, he fused these two concerns in a series of socialist romances, the most famous of which is News from Nowhere (1891).

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Publisher
The Floating Press
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Published on
Jun 1, 2012
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Pages
301
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ISBN
9781775459668
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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