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Useful Work v. Useless Toil

Useful Work v. Useless Toil

Paperback Penguin Great Ideas

By (author) William Morris

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 14mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141036702
  • ISBN 13: 9780141036700
  • Sales rank: 82,270

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Visionary English Socialist and pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris argued that all work should be a source of pride and satisfaction, and that everyone should be entitled to beautiful surroundings - no matter what their class. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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William Morris (1834 - 1896) was one of the most influential thinkers and artists of his time. At Oxford, with the painter Burne-Jones, he fell under the influence of Ruskin and Rossetti. Preoccupied with the poverty of modern design he taught himself at least thirteen crafts and founded his own design firm, Morris & Co. In the late 1870s he became active in political and environmentalist matters and converted to socialism in 1883, helping to found the Socialist League a year later.