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News from Nowhere and Other Writings

William Morris - Author

Clive Wilmer - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140433302 | 480 pages | 04 Jan 1994 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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This volume illustrates the variety of William Morris's prose, while focusing on one theme: the earthly paradise. The "Nowhere" of News from Nowhere (1890) is England in 2102, an ideal pastoral society born out of revolution. It is as compelling a dream of the future as the nightmares of Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Exhilaratingly, it reminds us that nothing is inevitable about the way we live—now or in 1890.

Introduction
Chronology
Bibliographical Note

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

Lectures
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

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

Notes ‘We are not expected to swallow Morris’s dream. On the contrary, we are encouraged to dream for ourselves’ – Clive Wilmer