The Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume IV

The Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume IV: 1893-1896

WILLIAM MORRIS
NORMAN KELVIN
Copyright Date: 1996
Pages: 524
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    The Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume IV
    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 1996.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6424-9
    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-xviii)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xix-xxxviii)
    Norman Kelvin

    Many letters of 1893–1896, the last four years of Morris’s life, are on the surface marked by a listless tone, a crabbed style, and disjointed development—the result in part at least of the illness that also marked his last years: illness already a topic in his letters of December 1894 and, probably, beginning to shadow his life even earlier. Beneath the surface, however, and regularly rising to view, is matter that shapes itself with time into several narratives: continuations and sequels to the narratives of earlier years, but with inflections and conclusions of their own.

    At the center...

  7. MORRIS CHRONOLOGY
    (pp. xxxix-xliv)
  8. ABBREVIATIONS OF MANUSCRIPT LOCATIONS
    (pp. xlv-l)
  9. ABBREVIATIONS OF WORKS FREQUENTLY CITED
    (pp. li-lviii)
  10. THE LETTERS 1893–1896
  11. APPENDIX A. The Present Outlook of Socialism in England
    (pp. 393-400)
    William Morris
  12. APPENDIX B. Valuation of the Library of William Morris 1896
    (pp. 401-434)
    Frederick Startridge Ellis
  13. APPENDIX C. Froissart’s Chronicles, Selected Items
    (pp. 435-438)
  14. INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
    (pp. 439-440)
  15. SUBJECT INDEX
    (pp. 441-465)
  16. Back Matter
    (pp. 466-466)