William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary

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PM Press, Mar 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 848 pages
This biographical study is a window into 19th-century British society and the life of William Morris—the great craftsman, architect, designer, poet, and writer—who remains a monumental and influential figure to this day. This account chronicles how his concern with artistic and human values led him to cross what he called the “river of fire” and become a committed socialist—committed not only to the theory of socialism but also to the practice of it in the day-to-day struggle of working women and men in Victorian England. While both the British Labor Movement and the Marxists have venerated Morris, this legacy of his life proves that many of his ideas did not accord with the dominant reforming tendencies, providing a unique perspective on Morris scholarship.
 

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Contents

Foreword to the 2011 Edition
vii
Foreword to the 1976 Edition
xlv
List of Abbreviations
xlviii
PART ONE WILLIAM MORRIS AND THE ROMANTIC REVOLT
l
PART TWO THE YEARS OF CONFLICT
87
PART THREE PRACTICAL SOCIALISM
275
PART FOUR NECESSITY AND DESIRE
640
APPENDICES
731
1976
763
Index
817
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E. P. Thompson was an English historian, socialist, and author of Making of the English Working Class. Peter Linebaugh is a social historian and a professor at the University of Toledo. He is the author of London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century. He lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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