News from Nowhere

News from Nowhere News from Nowhere is the best known prose work of William Morris and the only significant English utopia to be written since Thomas More s The novel describes the encounter between a visitor from

  • Title: News from Nowhere
  • Author: William Morris David Leopold
  • ISBN: 9780199539192
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • News from Nowhere 1890 is the best known prose work of William Morris and the only significant English utopia to be written since Thomas More s The novel describes the encounter between a visitor from the nineteenth century, William Guest, and a decentralized and humane socialist future Set over a century after a revolutionary upheaval in 1952, these Chapters from a UtNews from Nowhere 1890 is the best known prose work of William Morris and the only significant English utopia to be written since Thomas More s The novel describes the encounter between a visitor from the nineteenth century, William Guest, and a decentralized and humane socialist future Set over a century after a revolutionary upheaval in 1952, these Chapters from a Utopian Romance recount his journey across London and up the Thames to Kelmscott Manor, Morris s own country house in Oxfordshire Drawing on the work of John Ruskin and Karl Marx, Morris s book is not only an evocative statement of his egalitarian convictions but also a distinctive contribution to the utopian tradition Morris s rejection of state socialism and his ambition to transform the relationship between humankind and the natural world, give News from Nowhere a particular resonance for modern readers This text is based on the 1891 version, incorporating the extensive revisions made by Morris to the first edition About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. I first knew of Morris as the greatest bookbinder of the modern age, a master of textile design who single-handedly rediscovered half a dozen dead arts. But he was also a fantasist, contemporary with Dunsany, and a political thinker. My search among the many branching roots of Fantasy lead me to pick up this collection, but I must admit this is not what I had in mind by 'fantasy'. Here, Morris gives us a rather bland and didactic rundown of his perfect world, loosely structured around something [...]

    2. A Victorian gentleman named Guest is mysteriously transported forward in time to a society less futuristic than one might expect. A utopia of environmental purity, personal freedom, and peace, it is characterized by small communities of rural artisans modeled after Morris' idealized conception of medieval (communal, not feudal) society. There are no nations and no money. Each individual does the work that he or she finds fulfilling, and the products of labor are shared freely. Rather than perfec [...]

    3. (1890) William MorrisA utopian novel, set in the 2000s -- It feels so strange to have lived through the futures named by so many utopian and dystopian writers, even if only by year and not imagining. A socialist returns home to Hammersmith frustrated with another meeting of argument and lost tempers (nothing has changed there) and wakes up in a world transformed by revolution. This is actually one of the nicer utopias I've read, here is the new Hammersmith and his dream of the Thames river banks [...]

    4. There are many distopic novels but few utopic,between them is this: News from Nowhere.It is a utopic socialist novel on the edge of anarchism;taking account that it was written in 1890 in a pre high technological society and by that a no to day utopic novel,it describes a a semirural society where part of people returned from cities to the fields,a society without classes,with a comunal property of the means of production,with few useless things produced,where the people works in that it wish an [...]

    5. An excellent book, originally written in response to Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, whom William Morris considered to take too much of a statist approach.Whilst Morris' book is utopian (assuming people will find work pleasurable), it is interesting to note that he ruled out the prospect of non-violent revolution, and so is perhaps less idealistic than Bellamy in this regard (Bellamy believed a peaceful transition of power was possible). Overall, I think Bellamy's books stand up stronger, ha [...]

    6. This isn't an actual review (and I wouldn't do a rating), since I didn't finish the book --just an explanation of why I didn't! When I started the book, I was hoping that Morris' vision of his ideal society as agrarian, pastoral and decentralized (as opposed to the typical Utopian visions of his day) would produce a novel markedly more interesting than the other Utopian fiction of that era. Alas, it didn't; the basic components of his vision are still the same clueless optimism about human perfe [...]

    7. This was another assigned reading for my English class. I won't be writing a full review for it because I have too many essays to write as is.

    8. Utopias are never as good as dystopias. The reason why is summed up in this story of a man who falls asleep in industrial age England and wakes up 100 years later in a socialist/communist utopia (the words are used interchangeably in this and mostly mean a society with no government- it was written before the USSR after all). The protagonist comes across only one dissident in this post-capitalist/royalist/aristocratic England. This is an old man who misses the old books with their conflict and h [...]

    9. Published in 1890 in response to Edward Bellamy’s utopian novel “Looking Backward” published 3 years earlier.Both these books are remarkably similar which leads me to conclude that Morris agreed with much of Bellamy’s vision of a socialist society and also thought that the story in Looking Backward was a good vehicle in which to present these ideas. Morris, however must have objected to Bellamy’s world being completely reliant on machine technology to achieve its utopian state and felt [...]

    10. A fine Utopian novel written in response to Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward" two years after the publication. Morris' purpose was to educate the 19th century about the pitfalls of current social and economic systems in place. Morris does something different in his novel when compared to most Utopian themed books, he focuses on art, poetry, architecture, and the natural order of things coming from a Socialist point of view. Read Bellamy first, then Morris. Both books are fantastic, similar, ye [...]

    11. Even knowing the background on which these books grew, I have something of a tolerant dislike towards old utopias. When I read them, it oftentimes seems to me that the authors, without intending and without really thinking about it, actually wrote a rather frightening dystopia, and thought well of it.Of course, I am allergic to utopias in general, but I posit that this is not merely a completely subjective occurrence. I shall demonstrate:Here, for instance, is the perfect communist small-village [...]

    12. This is a fantastic book. It is a work that describes a visionary future, one which left me thinking that I wanted to live in that place. Of course, the place doesn't exist, but that doesn't prevent us from wanting to build elements of this utopia. The book, first written in 1892, is set in 2003. The narrator - one William Guest - is transported from late Victorian London to the London of the imagined future of today. Much of what we see today is missing. There are no cars, there is no electrici [...]

    13. Tylsä, kaavamainen, yhteiskunnallisesti epäuskottava ja fiktiivisenä tarinana huono kertomus. (Tämä arvio perustuu vuonna 1900 julkaistuun J.K.Karin suomennokseen Ihannemaa.)Morrisin kirja on aika samankaltainen kuin monet sitä edeltävät vastaavat kertomukset (Thomas More, Tommaso Campanella jne.), joissa kertojaminä on vierailemassa toisenlaisessa yhteiskunnassa ja ihmettelee kokemuksiaan siellä.Ihannemaassa kaikki saavat tehdä mitä haluavat, koneiden käyttö on vähennetty minimii [...]

    14. I heard "News from Nowhere" described as a socialist utopian romance, and while it's definitely all of those things it's also super dull and patronising. The main action so far has been the main character, William Guest (DO YOU SEE) wandering around Future London, which has been transformed into a chilled-out libertarian socialist paradise after a mysterious revolution, and saying things like "But how can you simply give this beautifully worked tobacco pouch to me? Surely I should pay you for it [...]

    15. My Interest in this book was mostly academic. I wanted to clearly grasp Morris' perspectives concerning agrarian socialism, gender equality and the like. As a designer, I see his contributions to my occupation are profound, and I wanted to see if his politics would be as well. While the language he uses definitely shows it's age, it still maintains its accessibility. The world he describes, and the characters therein, are lovely though perhaps a little too perfect for my taste. I prefer the impe [...]

    16. I can honestly say I've never read anything like it. Scifi - but not as we know it. About the furthest thing from an apocalyptic vision of the future, yet with a grasp on the grim reality of revolution. Embodies the curious amalgamation of progressive socialism and nostalgic aesthetic craftsmanship in late Pre-Raphaelitism. Stimulating to the senses, intriguing to the critical faculties. Wonderfully odd!

    17. An interesting look through the eyes of a Victorian writer on what may happen in the future. The style in mostly conversational with no real story line, rather a series of events and discussions on the differences our main character experiences. However it doesn't drag as other similar novels do. If you like sci-fi novels, H G Wells or utopias then this is a must read!

    18. The height of self-indulgence, an imagined London where everything is exactly as William Morris wants it. The characters are all perfect, and do little beyond serving to explain how and why this society is so perfect and brilliant. Everyone looks great, loves work, lives for the moment and they all work together. Coming from anyone other than William Morris it would all be twaddle, but as it is, coming from perhaps the most prolific, polymathic and well-intentioned Englishmen from the past 500 y [...]

    19. I knew this book would be dry and plotless, but ugh, it was so obnoxious, I don't even want to talk about it. I'm just glad I got it over with quickly. He should have just written an essay, not tried to make a political vision fiction. As someone who studies politics and literature, I feel sort of indignant about how little effort was made to actually make this fiction. There are good ways to expound upon political philosophy in literature. This was not one of them. (This also reminded me of how [...]

    20. Sometimes it's not all about the technologyriously wacky utopian SF envisioning a hippyish anarchist future where Arts & Crafts have taken over, and politics and economics have withered to nothing. Seriously deficient in plot, character and almost everything else, this is the Literature of Ideas writ large. Thought-provoking stuff if you can bend your mind far enough to follow it -- which is a challenge.

    21. If you have an academic interest in utopian fiction, which I do, then there are some interesting things about this book: the usual tensions between theory and practice; the relentless denigration of the 19th century; the protagonist leering hungrily over every woman he meets; the vague attempt at suspense that never really goes anywhere; the bizarre ending -- plenty to amuse yourself with. Nonetheless, it is pretty sorely lacking in entertainment value.

    22. Interesting reflection on the unhappiness and suffering of the mechanised 19th century people in contrast with this dazzling , uncomfortably happy modern utopia. A few too many digressions into pastoral descriptions for my liking but I found Guest's ambiguous shift into the socialist utopia interesting and his relationship with Ellen was intriguing!

    23. I'm glad that I read this and it's pretty good but it is not a favorite. I have some layers of thoughts and I just overall found some of the overly optimistic romance of this novel rather irritating.

    24. A meeting takes place of some unnamed individuals, barely described, and hinted to be a meeting of socialists. After two leave the meeting, one laments to the other that if he could just see a glimpse of the future they are working toward, it would make his life much easier.He goes home, falls asleep, and wakes up somewhere between a hundred and twenty and a hundred and fifty years later. (The book is vague and occasionally contradictory on timeframe. At any rate, events seem to be post-AD 2000. [...]

    25. I didn't like the ideas in the book but you can read it if you want to learn some interesting ideas to tell your friends.

    26. Recently heard that William Morris wallpaper (and other Victorian era wallpapers) contained arsenic which emitted poisonous fumes in the home. Eventually, after illness and deaths, Victorian era health professionals started speaking out about this. Morris, who owned an arsenic mine, fought for years against the idea that arsenic was in any way harmful. It is hard to reconcile this with Morris's presentation of himself as an advocate of simple country life, arts and crafts communities and a retur [...]

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