News from Nowhere and Other Writings, Paperback Book

News from Nowhere and Other Writings Paperback

Edited by Clive Wilmer

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Poet, pattern-designer, environmentalist and maker of fine books, William Morris (1834-96) was also a committed socialist and visionary writer, obsessively concerned with the struggle to achieve a perfect society on earth.

News From Nowhere, one of the most significant English works on the theme of utopia, is the tale of William Guest, a Victorian who wakes one morning to find himself in the year 2102 and discovers a society that has changed beyond recognition into a pastoral paradise, in which all people live in blissful equality and contentment.

A socialist masterpiece, News From Nowhere is a vision of a future free from capitalism, isolation and industrialisation.

This volume also contains a wide selection of Morris's writings, lectures, journalism and letters, which expand upon the key themes of News From Nowhere.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780140433302

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The new world on the morrow of the revolution- not sure that Robert Tressell would have been too impressed though

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"One ages very quickly if one lives amongst unhappy people"This book helped shape my beliefs. I love it.

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Outside a classroom, I struggle to find the patience for these kinds of tales. My interest in Morris would probably be better served by a high-quality biography or an essay-only collection, but I would very much like to revisit this at a later date.

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The narrator falls asleep and wakes up a couple of hundred years into the future. What he discovers is a socialist utopia supposedly without money ("extinct commercial morality"), property, poverty, crime, among other things. The sickness of idleness, not wanting to work, has been cured, so everyone wants to contribute. Too rose-red to ben taken seriously. Everyone is funnily polite, probably reflecting Morris' environment, and too many book-learned men is seen as not good. Occupations are mentioned as belonging to certain people.