Drawing on the work of Ruskin and Marx, this text is a statement of the author's egalitarian convictions as well as a contribution to the utopian tradition. It describes the encounter between a visitor from the 19th century and a decentralized and humane socialist future.
'The only English utopia since More's that deserves to be remembered as literature.' News from Nowhere (1890) is the best-known prose work of William Morris. The novel describes the encounter between a visitor from the nineteenth century, William Guest, and a decentralized and humane socialist future. Set over a century after a revolutionary upheaval in 1952, these 'Chapters from a Utopian Romance' recount his journey across London and up the Thames to Kelmscott Manor, Morris's own country house in Oxfordshire. Drawing on the work of John Ruskin and Karl Marx, Morris's book is not only an evocative statement of his egalitarian convictions but also a distinctive contribution to the utopian tradition. Morris's rejection of state socialism and his ambition to transform the relationship between humankind and the natural world, giveNews from Nowhere a particular resonance for modern readers. The text is based on that of 1891, incorporating the extensive revisions made by Morris to the first edition.
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About William Morris
David Leopold is Lecturer in Political Theory at Christ Church and Merton College, Oxford University.
News from Nowhere by William Morris
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