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William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary

by E. P. Thompson
Foreword by Peter Linebaugh

PM Press | March 7, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 848 pages, 9 × 6 × 2 in

Published: March 7, 2011

Publisher: PM Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1604862432

ISBN - 13: 9781604862430

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William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary

by E. P. Thompson
Foreword by Peter Linebaugh

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 848 pages, 9 × 6 × 2 in

Published: March 7, 2011

Publisher: PM Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1604862432

ISBN - 13: 9781604862430

About the Book

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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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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The massive text of this volume, which revolutionized Morris studies and outraged conservative (and purely literary) specialists, compels the reader to take on complicated matters bit by bit, almost day to day, sinking into Morris'' life, letters, and milieu. Reading the book can be overwhelming but will be rewarding, not only for the subject but also for the author himself, as we read him through the study of his favorite romantic." —www.RainTaxi.com