The Wood Beyond the World

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Golden Walter leaves him homeland after his wife betrays him. Word reaches him that her family have killed his father, and all ties are broken with his old life. He is shipwrecked upon a foreign shore and begins a fantastical adventure. Written by the English textiles designer William Morris, this is one of the first modern supernatural fantasy novels.
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The Floating Press
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Published on
Jun 1, 2010
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Pages
220
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ISBN
9781775417743
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Language
English
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Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Fantasy / General
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More famous now for being a pioneer textile designer, William Morris was also a celebrated poet, novelist, translator and socialist activist, whose literary contributions helped establish the modern fantasy genre. For the first time in publishing history, this comprehensive eBook presents Morris’ complete fictional works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* 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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CONTENTS:

The Novels
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 Plays
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

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Translations
GRETTIS SAGA
THE SAGA OF GUNNLAUG THE WORM-TONGUE AND RAFN THE SKALD
VÖLSUNG SAGA
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

The Non-Fiction
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

Designs
MORRIS & CO. TEXTILE DESIGNS
MORRIS & CO. STAINED GLASS DESIGNS
OIL PAINTING

The Biography
THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MORRIS by John William Mackail

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William Morris
Dream of John Ball (1888) is a novel by English author William Morris about the Great Revolt of 1381, conventionally, but incorrectly (few of the participants were actual peasants), called "the Peasants' Revolt". It features the rebel priest John Ball, who was accused of being a Lollard but was really an early Leveller, the name given in the 17th century for what are today called socialists. John Ball is famed for his question "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?" Morris draws on Froissart for information on the fourteenth century,[1] but has a different attitude towards the revolting peasants from the chronicler who, Sir Walter Scott once remarked, had "marvelous little sympathy" for the "villain churls." Morris was also aware of interpretations of the Peasants' Revolt as representing a socialist tradition. In 1884 he had written an article in which he stated that "we need make no mistake about the cause for which Wat Tyler and his worthier associate John Ball fell; they were fighting against the fleecing then in fashion, viz.; serfdom or villeinage, which was already beginning to wane before the advance of the industrial gilds." The novel describes a dream and time travel encounter between the medieval and modern worlds, thus contrasting the ethics of medieval and contemporary culture. A time-traveller tells Ball of the decline of feudalism and the rise of the Industrial Revolution. Ball realizes that in the nineteenth century his hopes for an egalitarian society have yet to be fulfilled. A parallel can be drawn with the novel's close contemporary—A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) by Mark Twain. Unlike Twain's novel, which depicted early-Medieval England as a violent and chaotic Dark Age, Morris depicts the Middle Ages in a positive light, seeing it as a golden, if brief, period when peasants were prosperous and happy and guilds protected workers from exploitation. This positive portrayal of the Medieval period is a recurring theme in Morris' literary and artistic oeuvre, from the largely pastoral and craftsman based economies of the prose romances, to his similar dream vision of Britain's utopian future, News from Nowhere (1889).
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