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Biographies of William Morris (1834-96)

For an excellent brief biography of William Morris, we recommend the entry by Fiona MacCarthy in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004, also available online through subscription services). MacCarthy is the author of William Morris: A Life for Our Time (1994), and her essay provides supplementary information on Morris’s artistic and political activities as well as his family and private life.

For those who may not have access to the ODNB, we provide J. W. Mackail's 1901 Dictionary of National Biography entry. Mackail was the Burne-Joneses' son-in-law and Morris's first biographer, and his account offers a good discussion of Morris's literary work and his character as viewed by his contemporaries.

We also provide here a "A Brief Biography of William Morris," a short sketch by Nicholas Salmon, a long-time Society member. Salmon's work can also be found on the Marxists Internet Archive.

An emerging biographical resource online is the William Morris article in the Wikipedia collaborative encyclopedia.