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William Morris's last romances are strikingly original stories written in his final years, but they remain relatively neglected in both Morris studies and nineteenth - century literary studies. This book provides a full-length critical account of these works and their essential role in promoting the continuing importance of Morris's ideas. Approaching these romances through the concept of wonder, this book provides a new way of understanding their relevance to his writings on art and architecture, nature and the environment, and politics and Socialism. It establishes the integral connection between the romances and Morris's diverse cultural, social and political interests and activities, suggesting ways in which we might understand these tales as a culmination of Morris's thought and practice. Through a comprehensive analysis of these remarkable narratives, this book makes a significant contribution to both work on William Morris and to nineteenth-century studies more generally.
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Contents: The Reclamation of Wonder - The Embodiment of Wonder - The Topography of Wonder - The Architecture of Wonder - The Politics of Wonder - The Presentation of Wonder.

About the Author

Phillippa Bennett is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northampton. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of William Morris Studies and has served as both Secretary and Vice President of the William Morris Society in the UK. She co-edited William Morris in the Twenty-First Century (Peter Lang, 2010) and has published a number of book chapters and articles on Morris's last romances and their relationship to his aesthetic and political ideals.


"Bennett's book heightens our understanding of Morris's exceptional accomplishments, and links many of them - the body, ecology, the relation between social inequality and human ills - to issues that plague us still." (Susan Jaret McKinstry, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 25/2016)

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