William Morris biography

William Morris

Novelist, Author

1834 – 1896

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Who was William Morris?

William Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the English Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain.

Born in Walthamstow, Essex to a wealthy middle-class family, Morris came under the strong influence of medievalism while studying Classics at Oxford University, there joining the Birmingham Set. After university he trained as an architect, married Jane Burden, and developed close friendships with the Pre-Raphaelite artists Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and with the Neo-Gothic architect Philip Webb. Webb and Morris designed a family home, Red House in Kent, where the latter lived from 1859 to 1865, before relocating to Bloomsbury, central London. In 1861, Morris founded a decorative arts firm with Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Webb, and others: the Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

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Born
Mar 24, 1834
Walthamstow
Also known as
  • W. Morris
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Exeter College, Oxford
  • Marlborough College
  • University of Oxford
Died
Oct 3, 1896
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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