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Written in 1890, at the close of William Morris’s most intense period of political activism, News from Nowhere is a compelling articulation of his mature views on art, work, community, family, and the nature and structure of the ideal society. A utopian narrative of a future society, it is also an immensely entertaining novel.This Broadview edition includes a wide variety of contextualizing documents, including portions of Morris’s essays, lectures, and journalism; excerpts from precursor utopian texts; writings on Bloody Sunday, art, work, and revolution; and contemporary reviews.
Chapter I Discussion and Bed2015-06-17
Up at the League, says a friend, there had been one night a brisk conversational discussion, as to what would happen on the Morrow of the Revolution, finally shading off into a vigorous statement by various friends of their views on the future of the fully-developed new society. Says our friend: Cons
Chapter II A Morning Bath2015-06-17
Well, I awoke, and found that I had kicked my bedclothes off; and no wonder, for it was hot and the sun shining brightly. I jumped up and washed and hurried on my clothes, but in a hazy and half-awake condition, as if I had slept for a long, long while, and could not shake off the weight of slumber.
Chapter III The Guest House and Breakfast Therein2015-06-16
I lingered a little behind the others to have a stare at this house, which, as I have told you, stood on the site of my old dwelling. It was a longish building with its gable ends turned away from the road, and long traceried windows coming rather low down set in the wall that faced us. It was very h
Chapter IV A Market by the Way2015-06-16
We turned away from the river at once, and were soon in the main road that runs through Hammersmith. But I should have had no guess as to where I was, if I had not started from the waterside; for King Street was gone, and the highway ran through wide sunny meadows and garden-like tillage. The Creek,
Chapter V Children on the Road2015-06-15
Past the Broadway there were fewer houses on either side. We presently crossed a pretty little brook that ran across a piece of land dotted over with trees, and awhile after came to another market and town-hall, as we should call it. Although there was nothing familiar to me in its surroundings, I k
Chapter VI A Little Shopping2015-06-15
As he spoke, we came suddenly out of the woodland into a short street of handsomely built houses, which my companion named to me at once as Piccadilly: the lower part of these I should have called shops, if it had not been that, as far as I could see, the people were ignorant of the arts of buying a
Chapter VII Trafalgar Square2015-06-14
And now again I was busy looking about me, for we were quite clear of Piccadilly Market, and were in a region of elegantly-built much ornamented houses, which I should have called villas if they had been ugly and pretentious, which was very far from being the case. Each house stood in a garden caref
Chapter VIII An Old Friend2015-06-14
We now turned into a pleasant lane where the branches of great plane-trees nearly met overhead, but behind them lay low houses standing rather close together. This is Long Acre, quoth Dick; so there must once have been a cornfield here. How curious it is that places change so, an
Chapter IX Concerning Love2015-06-13
Your kinsman doesnt much care for beautiful building, then, said I, as we entered the rather dreary classical house; which indeed was as bare as need be, except for some big pots of the June flowers which stood about here and there; though it was very clean and nicely whitewashe
Chapter X Questions and Answers2015-06-13
Well, said the old man, shifting in his chair, you must get on with your questions, Guest; I have been some time answering this first one. Said I: I want an extra word or two about your ideas of education; although I gathered from Dick that you let your children run
Chapter XI Concerning Government2015-06-12
Now, said I, I have come to the point of asking questions which I suppose will be dry for you to answer and difficult for you to explain; but I have foreseen for some time past that I must ask them, will I nill I. What kind of a government have you? Has republicanism fina
Chapter XII Concerning the Arrangement of Life2015-06-12
Well, I said, about those arrangements which you spoke of as taking the place of government, could you give me any account of them?Neighbour, he said, although we have simplified our lives a great deal from what they were, and have got r
Chapter XIII Concerning Politics2015-06-11
Said I: How do you manage with politics?Said Hammond, smiling: I am glad that it is of ME that you ask that question; I do believe that anybody else would make you explain yourself, or try to do so, till you were sickened of asking questions. Indeed, I believe I am the only man
Chapter XIV How Matters are Managed2015-06-11
Said I: How about your relations with foreign nations?I will not affect not to know what you mean, said he, but I will tell you at once that the whole system of rival and contending nations which played so great a part in the government of the world o
Chapter XV On the Lack of Incentive to Labour in a Communist Society2015-06-10
Yes, said I. I was expecting Dick and Clara to make their appearance any moment: but is there time to ask just one or two questions before they come?Try it, dear neighbour - try it, said old Hammond. For the more you ask me the better I am pleas
Chapter XVI Dinner in the Hall of the Bloomsbury Market2015-06-10
As I spoke, I heard footsteps near the door; the latch yielded, and in came our two lovers, looking so handsome that one had no feeling of shame in looking on at their little-concealed love-making; for indeed it seemed as if all the world must be in love with them. As for old Hammond, he looked on t
Chapter XVII How the Change Came2015-06-09
Dick broke the silence at last, saying: Guest, forgive us for a little after-dinner dulness. What would you like to do? Shall we have out Greylocks and trot back to Hammersmith? or will you come with us and hear some Welsh folk sing in a hall close by here? or would you like presently to come
Chapter XVIII The Beginning of the New Life2015-06-09
Well, said I, so you got clear out of all your trouble. Were people satisfied with the new order of things when it came?People? he said. Well, surely all must have been glad of peace when it came; especially when they found, as they must have found, t
Chapter XIX The Drive Back to Hammersmith2015-06-08
I said nothing, for I was not inclined for mere politeness to him after such very serious talk; but in fact I should liked to have gone on talking with the older man, who could understand something at least of my wonted ways of looking at life, whereas, with the younger people, in spite of all their
Chapter XX The Hammersmith Guest-House Again2015-06-08
Amidst such talk, driving quietly through the balmy evening, we came to Hammersmith, and were well received by our friends there. Boffin, in a fresh suit of clothes, welcomed me back with stately courtesy; the weaver wanted to button-hole me and get out of me what old Hammond had said, but was very
Chapter XXI Going up the River2015-06-07
When I did wake, to a beautiful sunny morning, I leapt out of bed with my over-night apprehension still clinging to me, which vanished delightfully however in a moment as I looked around my little sleeping chamber and saw the pale but pure-coloured figures painted on the plaster of the wall, with ve
Chapter XXII Hampton Court and a Praiser of Past Times2015-06-07
So on we went, Dick rowing in an easy tireless way, and Clara sitting by my side admiring his manly beauty and heartily good-natured face, and thinking, I fancy, of nothing else. As we went higher up the river, there was less difference between the Thames of that day and Thames as I remembered it; f
Chapter XXIII An Early Morning by Runnymede2015-06-06
Though there were no rough noises to wake me, I could not lie long abed the next morning, where the world seemed so well awake, and, despite the old grumbler, so happy; so I got up, and found that, early as it was, someone had been stirring, since all was trim and in its place in the little parlour,
Chapter XXIV Up the Thames: The Second Day2015-06-06
They were not slow to take my hint; and indeed, as to the mere time of day, it was best for us to be off, as it was past seven oclock, and the day promised to be very hot. So we got up and went down to our boat - Ellen thoughtful and abstracted; the old man very kind and courteous, as i
Chapter XXV The Third Day on the Thames2015-06-05
As we went down to the boat next morning, Walter could not quite keep off the subject of last night, though he was more hopeful than he had been then, and seemed to think that if the unlucky homicide could not be got to go over-sea, he might at any rate go and live somewhere in the neighbourhood pre

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