The Work of William Morris

The Work of William Morris

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Whether it was art, architecture, literature, calligraphy, book design, furniture design, interior decoration or politics - William Morris brought about a revolution of taste that occurred in the second half of the 19th century. His wallpaper designs, as popular today as when he created them, are only part of his legacy. As a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with friends Rossetti and Burne-Jones, he helped create a new style in painting, frescos and stained glass. As a trained architect, although he never practised, his thoughts contributed to a lasting change in the preservation of old buildings and in new-town planning. As a poet and writer of prose, he was much-celebrated in his own day, and admired afterwards by such figures as Yeats. And, as one of the leaders of the socialism movement, he fought for the rights of working men and women in an industrial society, and was an eloquent prophet for a socialist future. This edition of William Morris' accomplishments contains a new and expanded selection of illustrations, it has been revised to take into account the ways in which Morris' concerns anticipate those of present-day feminists, environmentalists and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • colour and black and white halftones, bibliography
  • 0192831496
  • 9780192831491

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"There have been several recent studies of William Morris, but Dr. Thompson's approach is original and breaks new ground at many points. In particular, he devotes far more attention to Morris as a craftsman than any previous biographer...I am sure the book will appeal to anyone who wishes to understand Morris and his times, and I have learned from it a number of things which I did not know before. The scholarship is impeccable."--Asa Briggs"Paul Thompson in this confidently based, precisely considered re-estimate brings the Leonardo of the Victorian into reliable focus."--Wylie Sypher, New York Herald"Surely if every library had to limit itself to a single work on Morris, this is it."--Antiquarian Bookman's Weekly"If Thompson's book is not the last word on Morris's is a first word well worth hearing."--Victorian Periodicals Review"Paul Thompson's study of the work of William Morris has remained a major part of Morris scholarship since its first publication in 1966....Thompson's work is still the standard analysis of William Morris..."--The Historianshow more

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The life of William Morris; architecture; furniture and furnishing; patterns in tiles and wallpaper; patterns in textiles; stained glass; book design; literary critic; prose writing; poetry; politics; past and present; the socialist more

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