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Book Title: William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary|
The author of the book: E.P. Thompson
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Edition: Pantheon Books
Date of issue: May 1st 1977
ISBN 13: 9780394411361
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This biographical study is a window into 19th-century British society & the life of Wm Morris--the great craftsman, architect, designer, poet & writer--who remains a monumental & influential figure to this day. This account chronicles how his concern with artistic & human values led him to cross what he called the 'river of fire' & become a committed socialist--committed not only to the theory of socialism but also to the practice of it in the day-to-day struggle of working people in Victorian England. While both the British Labor Movement & the Marxists have venerated Morris, this legacy of his life proves that many of his ideas didn't accord with the dominant reforming tendencies, providing a unique perspective on Morris scholarship.
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Read information about the authorEdward Palmer Thompson was a British historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is probably best known today for his historical work on the British radical movements in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in particular The Making of the English Working Class (1963). He also published influential biographies of William Morris (1955) and (posthumously) William Blake (1993) and was a prolific journalist and essayist. He also published the novel The Sykaos Papers and a collection of poetry.
Thompson was one of the principal intellectuals of the Communist Party in Great Britain. Although he left the party in 1956 over the Soviet invasion of Hungary, he nevertheless remained a "historian in the Marxist tradition," calling for a rebellion against Stalinism as a prerequisite for the restoration of communists' "confidence in our own revolutionary perspectives". Thompson played a key role in the first New Left in Britain in the late 1950s. He was a vociferous left-wing socialist critic of the Labour governments of 1964–70 and 1974–79, and during the 1980s, he was the leading intellectual light of the movement against nuclear weapons in Europe.
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