The Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume III

The Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume III: 1889-1892

WILLIAM MORRIS
NORMAN KELVIN
Copyright Date: 1996
Pages: 604
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    The Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume III
    Book Description:

    These volumes bring to a close the only comprehensive edition of the surviving correspondence of William Morris (1834-1896), a protean figure who exerted a major influence as poet, craftsman, master printer, and designer. Volumes III and IV, taken together, give in detail the comments and observations that articulate his problematic political and artistic stands and equally problematic position within the aesthetic movement as it developed in the 1890s. Most eloquently voiced also are the complexities of his troubled marriage and his devotion to his epileptic daughter, Jenny, and his other daughter, May. But dominating all these themes, organizing and structuring them, are the Kelmscott Press and the building of Morris's important library of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. The letters record the way in which the Press becomes not only the center of Morris's aesthetic ambitions and achievements but also the site for his closest human relations and for much of his connecting with the makers of early modernism.

    The letters in Volumes III and IV are thoroughly annotated, and through texts and notes provide a new assessment of Morris's career. Included also, as appendices to Volume IV, are two important documents: the first, never before published, is F. S. Ellis's Valuation List of Morris's library, made after Morris's death, and the second, never before reprinted, is the text of what was to be Morris's final essay on socialism, published in April 1896.

    Originally published in 1995.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6423-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  4. EDITORIAL PRACTICES
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xvii-xxvi)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xxvii-xlvi)
    Norman Kelvin

    During the years covered in this volume, 1889 through 1892, Morris concluded old activities and relationships, began new ones, and carried on with some destined to end only with himself. The Kelmscott Press and book buying dominate over socialism, and the Socialist League is left behind altogether. Several political acquaintances disappear from the record and are replaced by friends and coworkers at the Kelmscott Press. Old friends and family members continue as solid presences, and remain, along with work, at the center of Morris’s existence. The letters of 1889 through 1892 reflect these changes and continuities. They also form, as...

  7. MORRIS CHRONOLOGY
    (pp. xlvii-lii)
  8. ABBREVIATIONS OF MANUSCRIPT LOCATIONS
    (pp. liii-lvi)
  9. ABBREVIATIONS OF WORKS FREQUENTLY CITED
    (pp. lvii-lxv)
  10. [1889]
    (pp. 3-137)
  11. [1890]
    (pp. 137-252)
  12. [1891]
    (pp. 252-370)
  13. [1892]
    (pp. 370-488)
  14. APPENDIX A. Statement of Principles of the Hammersmith Socialist Society
    (pp. 489-492)
    William Morris
  15. APPENDIX B. Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press
    (pp. 493-496)
  16. APPENDIX C. Addenda
    (pp. 497-498)
  17. INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
    (pp. 499-501)
  18. SUBJECT INDEX
    (pp. 502-537)
  19. Back Matter
    (pp. 538-538)