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The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

Morris, William

ISBN 10: 1444457640 / ISBN 13: 9781444457643
Published by Valde Books - Printed By Ballantyne, Hansen & Co., Edinburgh and London, 2009
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150 Pages. This present Edition is a 2009 Valde Books reprint. Previously published was the 1858 First Edition, The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (30 all told) London: Bell and Daldy. The 1875 Revised Edition, London Ellis and White, and the The Kelmscott Press Edition 1892. During the winter of 1855 William Morris (1834-1896), not yet twenty-one years old, began reading some of his first poems to his undergraduate friends at Oxford. In the course of the next hundred-odd years some of the best critics would delight in the purity of passion, energy, color, and enchantment they discovered in these poems. But on winter evenings in 1855 only a handful of young men at Oxford could testify to the fresh talent unfolding before them. One of them was R.W. Dixon, who intuited the stature of these poems after a single recitation. Dixon's response typifies the warmth and admiration that Morris' yet unpublished poetry inspired first among his undergraduate circle, then during 1857 among the Rossetti group in London. In this congenial environment and for close friends Morris wrote all thirty of these poems which he then published in 1858. Morris went on to be 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. Size: 6" x 9". Bookseller Inventory # 17210

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Title: The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

Publisher: Valde Books - Printed By Ballantyne, Hansen & Co., Edinburgh and London

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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William Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain.

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