William Morris The Wood Beyond the World

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When William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press in 1890, he brought to it a concatenation of medieval craft ideals, plus the abilities of one of the most sophisticated, progressive designers in Britain. He set out to create books as routinely beautiful as the products of the Middle Ages, and he did this by throwing out many of the commercial practices of his day. he designed types of great beauty, fitted to the subject matter of the book; reintroduced color into the body of the page; and in general recreated the printed page as a living entity. As a result his books are works of beauty. Dover reissued one of Morris's most noteworthy books in a photographic facsimile that retains the integral ideal that Morris first set up. The Wood Beyond the World, however, is more than simply a beautifully produced book. It is one of the finest of Morris's celebrated prose-romances, a wonderful fantasy set in a medieval never-never land, brimming with high adventure and fancy flights. Lovers of Tolkien, C S Lewis, and Dunsany will discover that the great source behind them all is William Morris. This book is an unabridged facsimile of the 1894 Kelmscott Press edition. Printed in black and red, 269 pp.

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A groundbreaking fantasy novel, The Wood Beyond the World tells the story of a young man, Golden Walter, who finds himself in a strange and frightening world after being abandoned by his wife and lost at sea. The novel takes the form of Walter’s quest for the visionary Maid that he sees at the beginning of his journey, and takes him from his failed marriage through temptation to emotional fulfillment. Set in Morris’s imaginative recreation of a medieval world, the novel is full of vivid imagery and surprising emotional realism.

This edition collates for the first time the three early texts of the work. The introduction discusses the place of the book among Morris’s other prose romances, the events of his life, and his activities as a visual artist and a socialist. The appendices provide excerpts from Morris’s translation of Beowulf, other medieval texts read by Morris, and writings by his contemporaries on politics and aesthetics.

About the Author:

Polymath William Morris (1834–96) was a prolific writer of novels and essays as well as a translator of medieval texts. Although best known in his lifetime as a poet, Morris is chiefly remembered today for his designs, which he issued from his highly successful decorative arts firm. He also founded the Kelmscott Press, which he dedicated to the hand-printing of a select number of beautiful books.

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