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Book Title: News from Nowhere|
The author of the book: William Morris
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 350 KB
Edition: The Folio Society
Date of issue: November 2015
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Read full description of the books News from Nowhere:One evening, after attending a long debate, narrator William Guest travels home on a ‘stinking train’ and wishes that he could envision the true socialist state that had been at the heart of the discussion … The next morning he awakens to find himself in just such a state – a time traveller to a future England where London and other large cities have retreated into a semi-rural quietude. He is bewildered to find no formal religion or education, no government, no police or army, no currency or competition, no divorce and no factories. Machines exist only to do burdensome tasks, while people love and respect their work – producing food and beautiful things, from clothing to fine pipes. Children go off camping for weeks at a time and run ‘shops’, while ‘neighbours’ eat and live together in motehouses, halls or churches. Fundamentally connected to nature, the people have ‘cast away riches and attained to wealth’.
We got pleasure into our work; then we became conscious of that pleasure, and cultivated it, and took care that we had our fill of it; and then all was gained, and we were happy.
Bound in fine leather, blocked in gold with a design by Neil Gower inspired by Morris’s style
Printed on Korolla Laid Ivory paper in two colours throughout
Gilded page edges
8½" x 5¾"
Explore Morris’s utopian vision in the fine art edition he printed himself
'News from Nowhere has remained the most original and enduring utopian fiction of nineteenth-century Britain.'
PROFESSOR FLORENCE BOOS
Designer, writer, activist, artist, craftsman and business man, William Morris was a man of extraordinary energy and vision. Amongst his many successes was the fine press he established at Kelmscott – one which has long been an inspiration to The Folio Society. It is an honour to reproduce his best-loved novel in a facsimile of the edition that he himself created.
In this book, first published in installments in the socialist newspaper Commonweal, Morris laid out his vision of an ideal society. It was the culmination of much consideration and argument – and also comprised his riposte to the highly functional, centralised socialism of many of his contemporaries, with their insistence upon technology and science and their disinterest in nature. Morris’s more romantic ideals centre on the profound nobility of work, the importance of beauty and the value of small-scale, decentralised communities. In many ways, his focus on sustainability seems prescient, causing many to call him the first writer of ‘ecotopia’.
A glorious fine edition
News from Nowhere was an astonishingly popular work. First published in book form in a cheap print edition, it circulated widely. Yet William Morris cared for more than simply promulgating his ideas. He had set up the Kelmscott Press to produce beautiful books that epitomised his passion for traditional craftsmanship.
His limited edition of 300 copies was a triumph of fine book-making. From the extraordinary opening spread with its beautiful engraved illustration of Kelmscott Manor, to the illustrated capitals that begin every paragraph and the deep margins with a descriptive rubric, this is a true work of art.
The copy held in his childhood home, now the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, was newly photographed for this very special Folio Society facsimile. Its fine leather binding is blocked in gold with a design inspired by the William Morris illustrations. Together with the gilt edges, this edition epitomises Morris’s passion for fine aesthetics, craftsmanship and tradition.
Read information about the authorWilliam 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 in 1891. The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.
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