William Morris

William Morris


Born
in Walthamstow, Essex, England
March 24, 1834

Died
October 03, 1896

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William Morris was an English architect, furniture and textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Marxist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball and the utopian News from Nowhere. He was an important figure in the emergence of socialism in Britain, founding the Socialist League in 1884, but breaking with the movement over goals and methods by the end of that decade. He devoted much of the rest of his life to the Kelmscott Press, which he founded ...more

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The Wood Beyond the World

3.64 avg rating — 1,279 ratings — published 1894 — 142 editions
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News from Nowhere

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3.31 avg rating — 1,286 ratings — published 1890 — 220 editions
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News from Nowhere and Other...

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3.49 avg rating — 655 ratings — published 1890 — 8 editions
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The Well at the World's End

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3.80 avg rating — 535 ratings — published 1896 — 120 editions
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The Well At The World's End...

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3.78 avg rating — 329 ratings — published 1896 — 40 editions
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Useful Work versus Useless ...

3.88 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 1889 — 7 editions
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The House of the Wolfings

3.84 avg rating — 193 ratings — published 1888 — 101 editions
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The Water of the Wondrous I...

3.96 avg rating — 157 ratings — published 1897 — 70 editions
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The Glittering Plain

3.77 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1890 — 80 editions
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The Sundering Flood

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“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris

“...I do not want art for a few; any more than education for a few; or freedom for a few... ”
William Morris

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July 2016 Juvenile Genre BOM: Fantasy

The Well at the World's End by William Morris
The Well at the World's End by William Morris
Published in 1896
The Well at the World's End was among the very first of its kind--it is an epic romance of duplicity, machination, passion, and wizardry, and is, in short, a vast odyssey into the weird. It is a beautifully rich fantasy, a vibrant fairy tale without fairies. It is the most entrancing of William Morris's late romances--part futuristic fantasy novel, part old-fashioned fairy tale. Morris writes his magic love story with a sense of color and pattern, and the sheer imaginative fervor of one of the most brilliant decorative artists that has ever lived.

 
  3 votes, 42.9%

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Published in 1986 | Phoenix Award (Children's Literature Association) (2006), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1987)
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

 
  2 votes, 28.6%

The Phoenix and the Carpet (Five Children, #2) by E. Nesbit
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
Published in 1904 | RBC Taylor Prize (2002)
It's startling enough to have a phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it talks and reveals that you have a magic carpet on the floor. The vain and ancient bird accompanies the children on a series of adventures through time and space. This book is a sequel to Five Children and It.

 
  2 votes, 28.6%

Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D by Andre Norton
Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D by Andre Norton
Published in 1951
Fors was a mutant. He did not know what drove him to explore the empty lands to the north, where the great skeleton ruins of the old civilization rusted away in the wreckage of mankind's hopes.
But he could not resist the urging that led him through danger and adventure, to the place where he faced the menace of the Star Men.
Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a silver-haired mutant sets out on a dangerous search for a lost city of the ruined civilization.

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Published in 1972 | Newbery Honor (1973), National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books (1973)
Jessica has read enough books to know that her cat Worm must be a witch’s cat. He’s cast a spell on her, but to whom can she turn? After all, no one will believe that Worm has bewitched her . . . or worse.

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Published in 1963
Gareth's definitely no ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget.

 
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