06 February 2019William Morris : Reading List
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William Morris : Reading List
Wednesday 06 February 2019

WILLIAM MORRIS – FURTHER READING - Information supplied by our February 2019 lecturer Jo Banham


The literature on William Morris is huge and the list below is highly selective:

full bibliographies can be found online  The most up-to-date and comprehensive account of Morris’s life is Fiona Macarthy’s biography. Her biography of Edward Burne-Jones also touches on many aspects of his work for Morris & Co and his close friendship with Morris.  E. P. Thompson’s seminal biography provides a detailed analysis of Morris’s political ideas. The best overview of the many different kinds of design associated with Morris & Co is the Victoria & Albert Museum catalogue, edited by Linda Parry. Parry’s book on Morris’s textiles is also extremely extensive and useful for a description of his interiors. Charles Harvey and Jon Press have done fascinating work on Morris’s career as a businessman. A major exhibition about the life and work of May Morris was recently on at the William Morris Gallery and was accompanied by a catalogue edited by Jan Marsh, who has also written a biography of Jane and May Morris. Barbara Morris has written about Morris and the inspiration of the V&A.


Banham, Joanna and Jennifer Harris (eds), William Morris and the Middle Ages, Manchester, 1986


Crossley, Alan, Tom Hassall and Peter Salway (eds), William Morris’s Kelmscott: Landscape and History, London, 2007


Harvey, Charles and Jon Press, William Morris, Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain, Manchester, 1991


Kirk, Sheila, Philip Webb: Pioneer of Arts and Crafts Architecture, London, 2005


Lindsay, Jack, William Morris: His Life and Work, London, 1975


Livingstone, Karen (ed), International Arts and Crafts, London, 2005


Macarthy, Fiona, The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination, London, 2011


Macarthy, Fiona, William Morris: A Life for our Time, London, 1994


Marsh, Jan, Jane and May Morris, London, 1986


Marsh, Jan, William Morris and Red House, London, 2005


Marsh, Jan, May Morris, London, 2017


Morris, Barbara, William Morris and the South Kensington Museum, William Morris Society, London, 1987


Myers, Richard and Hilary, William Morris Tiles, Somerset, 1996


Parry, Linda (ed), William Morris, London, 1996


Parry, Linda, William Morris Textiles, London, 2015


Peterson, W. S., The Kelmscott Press: A History of William Morris’s Typographic Adventure, Oxford, 1991


Poulson, Christine, William Morris on Art and Design, Sheffield, 1996


Rogers, David, William Morris at Home, London, 1996


Stansky, Peter, Redesigning the World: William Morris, the 1880s, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, Princeton, 1985


Thompson, E. P., William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary, London, 1955 and 1977


Waggoner, Diane (ed), The Beauty of Life: William Morris and the Art of Design, New York, 2003


Watkinson, Ray, William Morris as Designer, London, 1967