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Founded in New York in 1971 as an affiliate of the UK William Morris Society, the William Morris Society in the United States strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates. We coordinate our activities with our fellow Morris Societies in the UK and Canada, and distribute UK and US Newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.

Announcements:

UK Talk: THE LUSHINGTONS AND THEIR CIRCLE: DAVID TAYLOR

6 July, 2015 Surrey History Centre, Woking, Surrey GV21 6ND

6:30 refreshments; 7-9 p. m. talk

For information and reservations, write shs@sureycc.gov.uk.

MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONVENTION, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5-8 January 2017

 

Calls for Papers:

CRAFT AND DESIGN IN LITERARY STUDY: THE LEGACY OF WILLIAM MORRIS

The William Morris Society will sponsor a guaranteed conference session at the 2017 MLA on the topic of "Craft and Design." We seek papers using craft or design (histories, theories, methodologies) as an approach to literary study, or exploring the relationship between literature and craft/design. We are particularly interested in papers that convey Morris's ideas about or his place within craft, design, and/or the Arts and Crafts Movement. Send abstracts and c. v. by March 15th, 2016 to l.hughes@tcu.edu.

BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL: THE LASTING LEGACY OF WILLIAM MORRIS AND THE ART OF THE BOOK

Special Session Co-sponsored by the Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography Forum and the William Morris Society

We seek papers on Morris, his contemporaries, and/or his transnational successors (e.g., the Anglo-American Arts and Crafts Movement, Jugendstil or Art Nouveau book design, and current  fine arts presses).  We are particularly interested in how concepts embodied in Morris’s design of the book and the influence of manuscript culture have been translated across literary and artistic periods.  Considerations of paper, inks, bindings, and type fonts are also welcome.

Send 1-2 page abstracts and a c.v. (2-page max.) by March 15 to demaria@vassar.edu and l.hughes@tcu.edu

NEW William Morris Song Book

CD from Britain: For contents and information on how to order, please visit www.farrellfamilyband.co.uk or write farrell.familyband@gmail.com.

Digital Independent Morris-Inspired Press:

The Kelmsgarth Press
First Publication: William Morris: The Blog by Tony Pinkney

Conferences:

Upcoming Panels:

"Utopias": 2-4 September 2015, University of Brighton, UK. Sponsored by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. For more information see http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/cappe/utopias. Send abstracts by April 17th to Bob Brecher: R.Brecher@brighton.ac.uk.

Exhibitions:

Coming in 2016…

The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900
17 February-19 May 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
A version of the Tate Britain exhibition, Fall 2012, with a second display, Pre-Raphaelites and the Book

Other Events in the US:

Book sale to benefit the William Morris Society in the United States
LIST OF BOOKS BY AND ABOUT WILLIAM MORRIS [pdf]

New Illustrated Edition of News from Nowhere

New Blog by WMS Award Winner: The Morrisian

New Book:

An Original William Morris Broadside
by Stephen Lee-Davis
Printed on the original Kelmscott/Gaudy Press at RIT

The Broadside
Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure
by John Plotz
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2014

Time and the Tapestry Cover
The Collected Letters of Jane Morris
Edited by Jan Marsh and Frank Sharp
Boydell and Brewer, 2012

Collected Letters Cover

Morris-related Book:

Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture. Stanford, 2012.

Shadows of Amiens bookcover
The Multifaceted Mr. Morris: A Record of the Exhibition in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, 1–30 October 2010
Jane Marguerite Tippett
Lead Graffiti, 2012
The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census
William S. Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson
Oak Knoll Press, 2011

Kelmscott Chaucer bookcover
A History of Kelmscott House
Helen Elletson
William Morris Society, London, 2011
bookcover
Illustrated Edition of the Works of William Morris in English,
Robert L. M. Coupe
Second edition
Published by the author, 2011
rlmcoupe@shaw.ca
Illustrated Editions bookcover
Socialist Aesthetics and "The Shadows of Amiens"
Florence S. Boos
William Morris Society: London, 2011
Shadows of Amiens bookcover