The Wood Beyond the World

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Broadview Press, Jun 7, 2010 - Fiction - 236 pages
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A groundbreaking fantasy novel, The Wood Beyond the World tells the story of a young man, Golden Walter, who finds himself in a strange and frightening world after being abandoned by his wife and lost at sea. The novel takes the form of Walter’s quest for the visionary Maid that he sees at the beginning of his journey, and takes him from his failed marriage through temptation to emotional fulfillment. Set in Morris’s imaginative recreation of a medieval world, the novel is full of vivid imagery and surprising emotional realism.

This edition collates for the first time the three early texts of the work. The introduction discusses the place of the book among Morris’s other prose romances, the events of his life, and his activities as a visual artist and a socialist. The appendices provide excerpts from Morris’s translation of Beowulf, other medieval texts read by Morris, and writings by his contemporaries on politics and aesthetics.

 

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

This is clearly an ancestor of Narnia, what with the evil queen and her dwarf servant, and their enemy the lion. As an actual reading experience it's rather weird, with the forced archaic language and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tonari - LibraryThing

"The Wood beyond the World" is considered to be the first novel of modern fantasy ever written. The plot briefly: Walter, a brave and honest young man, escapes from his mean wife and embarks on a ship ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
39
THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD
45
Morris and Medieval Narrative
179
Morris and Socialism
206
Works by Morriss Contemporaries
218
Select Bibliography
235
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Robert Boenig is Professor of English at Texas A&M University, and the co-editor, with Andrew Taylor, of the Broadview Edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

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