William Morris

William Morris

William Morris (1834–1896) was an English artist, writer, socialist and activist. He was one of the principal founders of the British arts and crafts movement, best known as a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain.

In the last nine years of his life, Morris wrote a series of fantasy novels – including The Wood Beyond the World (1894) and The Well at the World's End (1896) – that have been credited as important milestones in the history of fantasy fiction, because, while other writers wrote of foreign lands, or of dream worlds, or the future (as Morris did in News from Nowhere), Morris's works were the first to be set in an entirely invented fantasy world.

Large subgenres of the field of fantasy have sprung from the romance genre, but indirectly, through their writers' imitation of William Morris. J. R. R. Tolkien was inspired by Morris's reconstructions of early Germanic life in The House of the Wolfings (1889) and The Roots of the Mountains (1890).

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Speculative Fiction Novels (12)
1904  Golden Wings and Other Stories
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1897  The Water of the Wondrous Isles
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1897  The Sundering Flood
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1896  The Well at the World's End
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1895  Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair
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1894  The Wood Beyond the World
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1891  The Story of the Glittering Plain
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1890  News from Nowhere
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1890  The Roots of the Mountains
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1889  A Tale of the House of the Wolfings and All the Kindreds of the Mark
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1888  A Dream of John Ball
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1856  The Hollow Land
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