With its radical blend of utopian socialism and science fiction,
William Morris's novel News from Nowhere caused a stir when it was
first published in instalments in the Commonweal in 1890. The
narrator William Guest awakens to find himself in a utopian England
in the 21st century. Industrial buildings have been transformed
into a pastoral paradise; civilians are dressed in 14th-century
costume; there is an abundance of openair markets and wooded areas
and gardens; and money, prisons and divorce have been abolished. In
this vision of a socialist future, individuals have the freedom to
choose their own economic and creative pursuits. Two years after
its initial publication, the novel became one of the first books
printed by Morris's newly founded Kelmscott Press. A copy of this
rare edition - only 300 were produced - is held in the National Art
Library at the V this publication is a reproduction of that volume.
Morris oversaw all aspects of the original production, from the
selection of the paper and ink to the choice of his own Golden
typeface and the position of the printed matter on the page. The
result was a timeless triumph in book design and making. This new
edition makes Morris's design available to a wide audience for the
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