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Chronological List of Morris's Writings


Compiled by Mark Samuels Lasner, William S. Peterson and Florence S. Boos

Note: This list aims to be comprehensive, not complete. The order is chronological (to search for titles use your browser's "FIND" function. For further details consult the following:

  • H. Buxton Forman, The Books of William Morris Described. London: Frank Hollings, 1897. Note that some of the items listed are forgeries by H. Buxton Forman and Thomas Wise.
  • John J. Walsdorf, William Morris in Private Press and Limited Editions. Phoenix: Oryx, 1983.
  • William S. Peterson, A Bibliography of the Kelmscott Press. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.
  • Eugene LeMire, A Bibliography of William Morris. New Castle,DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2006.

See also:


1856

The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine. No. 1-12 (all published), monthly from January-December 1856. London: Bell and Daldy, 1856. Morris financed this magazine, served as its inaugural editor, and contributed poetry, fiction, and essays to its pages.

1858

The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems. London: Bell and Daldy, 1858. Morris's first book.

1867

The Life and Death of Jason: A Poem. London: Bell and Daldy, 1867.

1868

The Earthly Paradise: A Poem. London: F. S. Ellis, 1868. Both Part I and Part II published in this volume.

"The God of the Poor." Fortnightly Review (1868).

"The Two Sides of the River." Fortnightly Review (1868).

 

1869

Grettis Saga: The Story of Grettir the Strong. Translated from the Icelandic by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson. London: F. S. Ellis, 1869.

"The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-tongue and Rafn the Skald." Fortnightly Review (1869). Reprinted 1891 in edition privately printed by the Chiswick Press, see below.

"On the Edge of the Wilderness." Fortnightly Review (1869).

"Hapless Love." Good Words (1869).

The Earthly Paradise: A Poem. Part III. London: F. S. Ellis, 1870 [November 1869].

1870

Völsung Saga: The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, with Certain Songs from the Elder Edda. Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris. London: Ellis, 1870.

[Review of D. G. Rossetti's Poems]. Academy (1870).

The Earthly Paradise: A Poem. Part IV. London: F. S. Ellis, 1870.

1871

"The Dark Wood." Fortnightly Review (1871).

"The Seasons." Academy (1871).

"The Story of Frithiof the Bold [Part 1]." Dark Blue (1871).

"The Story of Frithiof the Bold [Part 2]." Dark Blue (1871).

1873

Love Is Enough, or, The Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality. London: Ellis & White, 1873.

1875

Three Northern Love Stories, and Other Tales. Translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson. London: Ellis & White, 1875.

1876

The Aeneids of Virgil Done into English. London: Ellis and White, 1876. "The First Foray of Aristomenes." Athenaeum (1876).

[Letter on England and the Turks]. [London] Daily News, 26 October 1876.

1877

The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs. London: Ellis & White, 1877.

[Letter on "Restoration"]. Athenaeum (1877).

[Letter on Canterbury Cathedral]. [London] Times, 4 June 1877.

[Letter on Canterbury Cathedral]. [London] Times, 7 July 1877.

1878

The Decorative Arts: Their Relation to Modern Life and Progress. London: Ellis and White, [1878].

[Letter on destruction of City churches]. [London] Times, 17 April 1878.

[Letter on St. Alban's Abbey]. [London] Times, 2 August 1878.

1879

[Quatrain for four paintings by Burne-Jones]. Blackburn's Grosvenor Notes (1879).

[Letter on English translations from the Icelandic]. Athenaeum (1879).

[Letter on the restoration of St. Mark's, Venice]. [London] Times, 28 November 1879.

[Letter on the restoration of St. Mark's, Venice]. [London] Times, 29 November 1879.

1881

[Letter on Asburnham House]. [London] Daily News, 29 November 1881.

[Letter on High Wycomb Grammar School]. Athenaeum (1881).

1882

Hopes and Fears for Art. London: Ellis and White, 1882.

[Letter on Vandalism in Italy]. [London] Times, 12 April 1882.

[Letter on impending famine in Iceland]. [London] Daily News, 8 August 1882.

1883

[Letter on river pollution in Putney]. [London] Daily News, 15 August 1883.

1884

Art and Socialism: A Lecture Delivered before the Secular Society of Leicester. London: W. Reeves; Manchester: Heywoods, 1884.

Textile Fabrics: A Lecture Delivered in the Lecture Room of the Exhibition, July 11th, 1884. London: William Clowes, 1884.

A Summary of the Principles of Socialism. By H. M. Hyndman and William Morris. London: The Modern Press, 1884.

"The Three Seekers." To-day (1884). Poem.

"Art under Plutocracy." To-day (1884).

"Art under Plutocracy." To-day (1884).

"Meeting in Winter." English Illustrated Magazine (1884).

"The Exhibition of the Royal Academy." To-day (1884).

1885

Chants for Socialists. London: Socialist League Office, 1885.

The Manifesto of the Socialist League. London: Socialist League Office, 1885.

[Letter on "The Commonweal"]. [London] Daily News, 27 January 1885.

[Letter on the vulgarization of Oxford]. Daily News, 20 November 1885.

1886

Useful Work versus Useless Toil. London: Socialist League Office, 1886.

[Letter on the best hundred books]. Pall Mall Gazette, 2 February 1886.

[Letter on the League and the Federation]. Daily News, 12 February 1886.

[Letter on English literature at the universities]. Pall Mall Gazette, 1 November 1886.

[Letter on the civilization of our Germanic forefathers]. Pall Mall Gazette, 15 December 1886.

1887

The Aims of Art. London: Office of The Commonweal, 1887.

The Odyssey of Homer Done into English Verse. 2 vols. London: Reeves & Turner, 1887.

The Tables Turned; Or Nupkins Awakened: A Socialist Interlude. London: Office of The Commonweal, 1887.

[Letter on the police and the people]. [London] Daily News, 17 October 1887.

[Letter on the police and the people]. [London] Daily News, 18 October 1887.

Alfred Linnell: A Death Song. [London, 1887].

1888

True and False Society. London: Socialist League Office, 1888.

A Dream of John Ball, and A King's Lesson. London: Reeves & Turner, 1888.

Signs of Change: Seven Lectures Delivered on Various Occasions. London: Reeves & Turner, 1888.

"The Revival of Architecture." Fortnightly Review (1888).

"The Burghers' Battle." Athenaeum (1888).

[Letter on tapestry and carpet-weaving]. [London] Times, 2 November 1888.

1889

A Tale of the House of the Wolfings, and All the Kindreds of the Mark Written in Prose and in Verse. London: Reeves and Turner, 1889.

[Letter on Mr. Shaw-Lefevre's monumental chapel." [London] Daily News, 30 January 1889.

"Westminster Abbey and Its Monuments." Nineteenth Century (1889).

[Letter on monuments in Westminster Abbey]. [London] Daily News, 17 April 1889.

[Letter on Peterborough Cathedral]. Pall Mall Gazette, 20 September 1889.

"The Revival of Handicraft." Fortnightly Review (1889).

1890

The Roots of the Mountains, Wherein Is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale, Their Friends, Their Neighbours, Their Foemen, and Their Fellows in Arms. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

Monopoly; Or How Labour is Robbed. London: Office of The Commonweal, 1890.

News from Nowhere; Or, An Epoch of Rest. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890. The actual first edition, unauthorized.

"Art and Industry in the Fourteenth Century." Time (1890).

"The Hall and the Wood." English Illustrated Magazine (1890).

"The Story of the Glittering Plain" [Part 1]. English Illustrated Magazine (1890).

"The Story of the Glittering Plain" [Part 2]. English Illustrated Magazine (1890).

"The Story of the Glittering Plain" [Part 3]. English Illustrated Magazine (1890).

[Letter on Stratford-on-Avon Church]. [London] Times, 15 August 1890.

"The Story of the Glittering Plain" [Part 4]. English Illustrated Magazine (1890).

[Letter on the Hanseatic Museum at Bergen]. [London] Times, 10 September 1890.

"The Day of Days." Time (1890).

1891

The Story of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Scald. Translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson. [London: Chiswick Press], 1891.

The Story of the Glittering Plain, Which Has Been Also Called the Land of Living Men or the Acre of the Undying. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891. First book printed at the Kelmscott Press.

Poems by the Way. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press (sold by Reeves & Turner), 1891.

News from Nowhere: or, An Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance. London: Reeves and Turner, 1891. First English edition.

The Saga Library. Translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson. 6 vols. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1891-1905.

"The Socialist Ideal. I--Art." New Review (1891).

"On the Woodcuts of Gothic Books." [London] Times, 25 January 1891.

"On the Woodcuts of Gothic Books." [London] Times, 28 January 1891.

[Letter on Holman Hunt's Triumph of the Innocents]. Liverpool Daily Post, 7 February 1891.

[Letter on Westminster Abbey]. [London] Times, 11 February 1891.

1892

A Dream of John Ball and A King's Lesson. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, sold by Reeves & Turner, 1892.

The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, sold by Reeves & Turner, 1892.

"The Influence of Building Materials upon Architecture." Century Guild Hobby Horse (1892).

"On the Woodcuts of Gothic Books." Journal of the Society of Arts 40 (1892).

1893

Gothic Architecture: A Lecture for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

News from Nowhere: or, An Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press (sold by Reeves & Turner), 1893.

Of King Florus and the Fair Jehane. Translated by William Morris. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

"The Ideal Book." Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 1 (1893).

The Order of Chivalry [and] L'Ordene de chevalerie. Translated by William Morris. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.

Socialism: Its Growth and Outcome. By William Morris and E. Belfort Bax. London: S. Sonnenschein & Co.; New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1893.

[Letter on a case before the Woolwich magistrates]. Hammersmith Socialist Record (1893).

"On the Printing of Books." [London] Times, 6 November 1893.

[Letter on the deeper meaning of the struggle]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 10 November 1893.

1894

The Story of the Glittering Plain Which Has Been Also Called the Land of Living Men, or the Acre of the Undying. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

The Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea. Translated by William Morris. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Letters on Socialism. London: Privately Printed, 1894. Issued by Thomas J. Wise.

The Wood beyond the World. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

"Some Notes on the Illustrated Books of the Middle Ages." Magazine of Art 17 (1894).

[Letter on the proposed addition to Westminster Abbey]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 27 February 1894.

"How I Became a Socialist." Justice 16 June 1894.

[Letter about the Kelmscott Press Chaucer]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 24 July 1894.

[Letter on a united socialist party]. Clarion, 3 November 1894.

1895

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair. 2 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

"On the Artistic Qualities of the Woodcut Books of Ulm and Augsburg in the Fifteenth Century." Bibliographica 1 (1895).

The Life and Death of Jason: A Poem. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

The Wood beyond the World. London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1895.

The Tale of Beowulf Done out of the Old English Tongue. Translated by William Morris and A. J. Wyatt. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

[Letter on Peterborough Cathedral]. [London] Times, 2 April 1895.

[Letter on tree-felling in Epping Forest]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 9 May 1895.

[Letter on royal tombs in Westminster Abbey]. [London] Times, 1 June 1895.

[Letter on The Wood Beyond the World]. Spectator (1895).

[Letter on Rouen Cathedral]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 12 October 1895.

"Gossip about an Old House on the Upper Thames." The Quest (1895).

[Letter on Trinity almshouses]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 26 November 1895.

[Letter on Peterborough Cathedral]. [London] Daily Chronicle, 5 December 1895.

[Letter on Chichester Cathedral]. [London] Times, 14 December 1895.

1896

Old French Romances Done into English. Translated by William Morris. London: George Allen, 1896. With an Introduction by Joseph Jacobs.

The Well at the World's End. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

The Well at the World's End. 2 vols. London, New York, and Bombay: Longmans, Green, 1896.

The Earthly Paradise. 8 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97.

1897

The Sundering Flood. London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1898.

The Water of the Wondrous Isles. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897.

1898

Art and the Beauty of the Earth. London: Longmans, 1898.

Love Is Enough, or, The Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

The Sundering Flood. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

A Note on his Aims on Founding the Kelmscott Press. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898.

1899

Some Hints on Pattern-Designing. London: Longmans, 1899.

1900

Architecture and History, and Westminster Abbey. London: Longmans & Co., 1900.

1901

Art and Its Producers, and The Arts and Crafts of To-day: Two Addresses Delivered before the National Association for the Advancement of Art. London: Longmans & Co., 1901.

1902

Architecture, Industry, and Wealth. London: Longmans, Green, 1902.

1903

Communism: A Lecture. Fabian Tracts, 113. London: Fabian Society, 1903.

The Hollow Land. London: Longmans, Green, 1903. Reprints contributions from the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, 1856.

1910

The Collected Works of William Morris, ed. May Morris. 24 vols. London: Longmans, Green, 1910-15. Vol. 1: The Defence of Guenevere. Vol. 2: The Life and Death of Jason. Vol. 3: The Earthly Paradise [Part 1]. Vol. 4: The Earthly Paradise [Part 2]. Vol. 5: The Earthly Paradise [Part 3]. Vol. 6: The Earthly Paradise [Part 4]. Vol. 7: Grettis Saga; Volsunga Saga. Vol. 8: Icelandic Journals. Vol. 9: Love Is Enough; Poems by the Way. Vol. 10: Three Northern Love Stories; The Tale of Beowulf. Vol. 11: The Æneids of Virgil. Vol. 12: The Story of Sigurd the Volsung. Vol. 13: The Odyssey of Homer. Vol. 14: The House of the Wolfings; The Story of the Glittering Plain Vol. 15: The Roots of the Mountains. Vol. 16: News from Nowhere; A Dream of John Ball; A King's Lesson. Vol. 17: The Wood Beyond the World; Child Christopher; Old French Romances. Vol. 18: The Well at the World's End [Part 1]. Vol. 19: The Well at the World's End [Part 2]. Vol. 20: The Water of the Wondrous Isles. Vol. 21: The Sundering Flood; unfinished romances. Vol. 22: Hopes and Fears for Art; lectures on art and industry. Vol. 23: Signs of Change; lectures on Socialism. Vol. 24: The Story of the Fall of Troy; other poems and fragments not previously published.

1915

The Pilgrims of Hope. London: Longmans, Green, & Co. 1915.

1918

News From Nowhere, or, An Epoch of Rest: Being Some Chapters From a Utopian Romance. Pocket Edition. London: Longmans, Green, & Co. 1918.

1934

Some Thoughts on the Ornamented Manuscripts of the Middle Ages. New York: Press of the Woolly Whale, 1934. Lecture probably written in 1892.

William Morris: Stories in Prose, Stories in Verse, Shorter Poems, Letters and Essays, ed. G. D. H. Cole. London: Nonesuch Press, 1934.

1936

William Morris: Artist, Writer, Socialist, ed. May Morris. 2 vols. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1936.

1969

Icelandic Journals. Fontwell: Centaur Press, 1969. With an Introduction by James Morris. American edition: New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970.

The Unpublished Lectures of William Morris, ed. Eugene D. LeMire. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1969.

1970

The Story of Kormak, the Son of Ogmund. Translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson. London: William Morris Society, 1970. With an Introduction by Grace J. Calder and a Note on the manuscript work of William Morris by Alfred Fairbank.

1974

The Story of Cupid and Psyche. London: Clover Hill Editions, 1974. Poem from the Earthly Paradise illustrated with 44 wood-engravings by Burne-Jones. Separate introductory volume by A. R. Dufty.

1980

A Book of Verse, Written in London 1870. London: Scolar Press, 1980. Facsimile of calligraphic MS by Morris.

1981

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1981. Facsimile of calligraphic MS by Morris.

Socialist Diary, ed. Florence S. Boos. Iowa City: Windhover Press, 1981. Reprinted by Journeyman Press, 1984, and available at www.marxists.org.

1982

The Novel on Blue Paper, ed. Penelope Fitzgerald, London: Journeyman Press, 1982.

1983

The Juvenilia of William Morris, ed. Florence Boos. New York: William Morris Society in the United States, 1983.

1984

The Collected Letters of William Morris, ed. Norman Kelvin. 4 vols. in 5). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984-96.

The Widow's House by the Great Water, ed. Helen Timo. [Iowa City] William Morris Society in the United States, 1990.

1994

Political Writings: Contributions to Justice and Commonweal, ed. Nicholas Salmon. London: Thoemmes Press, 1994.

The Tables Turned, or, Nupkins Awakened: A Socialist Interlude, ed. Pamela Wiens. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1994.

News from Nowhere and Other Writings by William Morris, ed. Clive Wilmer. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1994.

1995

News from Nowhere, ed. Krishan Kumar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

1996

A Note on his Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press, ed. William S. Peterson. [New York]: The Grolier Club and William Morris Society in the United States, 1996.

The William Morris Library, ed. Peter Faulkner, et al. [Bristol]: Thoemmes Press, 1996. The volumes are: Arts and Crafts Essays, ed. Peter Faulkner; Political Writings: Contributions to Justice and Commonweal, ed. Nicholas Salmon; Three Northern Love Stories, ed. Gay Aho; The Story of the Glittering Plain and Child Christopher, ed. Norman Talbot; Journalism: Contributions to Commonweal, ed. Nicholas Salmon; and The Hollow Land, ed. Eugene LeMire.

The Icelandic Journals, foreword by Magnus Magnusson, intro. by Fiona MacCarthy. [London]: Mare's Nest, 1986.

1999

William Morris on Art and Socialism, edited by Norman Kelvin. New York: Dover.

2002

William Morris: Selected Poems, edited with an introduction by Peter Faulkner. London: Routledge.

2003

News from Nowhere or An Epoch of Rest, edited with an introduction and notes by David Leopold, Oxford University Press. (Oxford Word Classics)

News from Nowhere or An Epoch of Rest, edited by Stephen Arata. Broadview Press. (Broadview Literary Texts) Contains supplementary materials.

2005

"William Morris's 'Our Country Right or Wrong': A Critical Edition," edited by Florence Boos. Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, n. s. 14, Spring 2005. Hitherto partly unpublished. Reprinted with illustrations, Stanhope Press, William Morris Society, 2008.

The Collected Works of William Morris. Elibron Classics Replica Edition. Adamant Media Corporation. 24 vols.

2009

"Communism and Property," edited by Florence Boos, Newsletter of the William Morris Society in the United States, June 2009.

2007--present Most of Morris's works are now available through the Morris Online Edition. Completed editions include The Defence of Guenevere, The Life and Death of Jason, The Ordination of Knighthood, and the List of Morris's Poems.