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News from Nowhere and Other Writings : Penguin Classics -  William Morris

News from Nowhere and Other Writings

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 24th June 1993
ISBN: 9780140433302
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Poet, designer, craftsman environmentalist and maker of fine books, William Morris (1834-96) was also a committed socialist and visionary writer, obsessively concerned with the struggle to achieve a perfect society on earth. News from Nowhere, one of the most significant English works on the theme of utopia, is the tale of William Guest, a Victorian who wakes one morning to find himself in the year 2102 and discovers a society that has changed beyond recognition into a pastoral paradise, in which all people live in blissful equality and contentment. A socialist masterpiece, News from Nowhere is a vision of a future free from capitalism, isolation and industrialization. This volume also contains a wide selection of Morris's romances, lectures, journalism and letters, which expand upon the key themes of News from Nowhere.

About The Author

William Morris was a dreamer with a genius for turning dreams into reality. Self-taught in thirteen different crafts, some of them ancient ones that had died out, he became the greatest European pattern-designer since the Middle Ages. He was, besides, a campaigning socialist and a pioneering environmentalist, a lyric poet and a forceful journalist, a storyteller and a maker of fine books.

Industry Reviews

First published in 1890 and now republished in paperback, this is Morris's magnum opus, a utopian picture of a future communist society which draws on the work of Ruskin and Marx and was written in response to what Morris saw as soulless and mechanical visions of socialism. In an era that has seen the collapse of state socialism, this book gives us a powerful insight into just why the statist version of socialism failed and offers us a vision for our own time of a non-collectivist society in which small-scale forms of cooperation avoid the damaging consequences of rampant individualism and unregulated global capitalism. And it's a good read. (Kirkus UK)

Bibliographical Note

The Story of the Unknown Church
A King's Lesson
Two Extracts from A Dream of John Ball
News from Nowhere

The Lesser Arts
Some Hints on Pattern-designing
Useful Work versus Useless Toil
The Hopes of Civilization
Gothic Architecture

Occasional Prose
"Looking Backward": a review of Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
Under an Elm-tree; or, Thoughts in the Countryside
Preface to The Nature of Gothic by John Ruskin
Foreword to Utopia by Sir Thomas More
How I Became a Socialist
A Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press

[The Eastern Question]: letter to the Daily News
[Anti-Scrape]: letter to the Athenaeum
[St. Mark's, Venice]: letter to the Daily News


ISBN: 9780140433302
ISBN-10: 0140433309
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 24th June 1993
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

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