William Morris

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William Morris

England 1834 – 1896

Teachers: Rev. F. B. Guy, Assistant Master at Forest School; John Ruskin; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Thomas Malory; George Edmund Street, architect; Friedrich Engels;

Students: J. R. R. Tolkien; Lord Dunsany; E. R. Eddison; James Branch Cabell; John William Mackail; Elbert Hubbard of The Roycrofters; Violet Oakley of Cogslea ,1897; Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse of the Darmstadt Artists Colony, 1899; Joseph Fels; William L. Price of Rose Valley; Frank Stephens of Arden ; Ralph Whitehead; Aladar Korosfoi-Kriesch of the Godollo Artists Colony, 1903; Karl Schmidt of Hellerau;


Friends: Edward Carpenter; Edward Burne-Jones; Dante Gabriel Rossetti ; Philip Webb; Jane Burden Morris, wife; Edward Aveling; Eleanor Marx;

Enemies: L. Sprague de Camp aka Lyon Sprague de Camp (1907 – 2000) ; his wife Catherine Crook de Camp;

Organizations: Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ; English Arts and Crafts Movement; Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; Socialist League, 1884; Brotherhood of Pembroke College; National Liberal League, 1879; The Kelmscott Press;

Author: The Defense of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858); The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870); A Dream of John Ball (1888); News from Nowhere (1890); The Well at the World's End (fantasy); Commonweal newspaper; The House of the Wolfings, 1889 , which inspired a young JRR Tolkien (the names "Gandolf" and the horse Silverfax appear in The Well at the World's End) ; The Roots of the Mountains; Collected Works (1910–1915) runs to 24 volumes, and two more were published in 1936; published translations of The Saga of Gunnlaug Worm-Tongue; Grettis Saga, 1869; the Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, 1870; An additional volume was published under the title of Three Northern Love Stories, 1873; News from Nowhere; The Story of the Glittering Plain (1891); Raoul Lafevre, The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (1892); William Caxton (trans.), The History of Reynard the Foxe (1893); William Caxton (trans.), The Order of Chivalry (1893); Guilelmus, Archbishop of Tyre, The History of Godefrey of Boloyne (1893); Sir Thomas More, Utopia (1893); Wilhelm Meinhold, Sidonia the Sorceress (1894); William Morris, The Earthly Paradise (1896); Sir Ysumbrace (1897); The Hollow Land, 1856; The Sundering Flood (published after death);

Projects: revived traditional textiles;

Comments: Artist; poet; writer; Socialist; Fantasy pioneer; Historian; Weaver;

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Morris ; read him here - http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/morris/index.htm ; and here - http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/vlsng/index.htm and http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/gre/index.htm ; and listen here - http://librivox.org/author/961 ;