A Dream of John Ball first appeared in the "Commonweal" in 1886-87. It was published in book form in 1888.
A Dream of John Ball is a novel by about the English peasants' revolt of 1381 and the rebel John Ball. It describes a dream and time travel encounter between the medieval and modern worlds.
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 ... (more)