Welcome, William Morris

January 3, 2005 | 8 comments

William Morris was born in 1834 in Walthamstow, a quiet village east of London. He and his friends Edward Burnes-Jones and Dante Rossetti, whom he met at Oxford, founded the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Morris was known for his design work, his poetry and fiction, and his Socialism, until dropping out of the public eye in the 1890s. After nearly a century in seclusion, Mr. Morris has again emerged to run a popular Mormon arts and letters blog.

For legal reasons connected with the naturalization difficulties experienced by British subjects born in the 19th Century, Mr. Morris will be claiming an origin in southern Utah, demonstrating awareness of the late ’80s Mormon teenage social scene in the California ‘burb, and writing about his missionary service in Romania. Further suggestions on how to flesh out this background are welcome. Questions about socialism are not. Rather, he suggests you read both Useful Work versus Useless Toil (1885) and Chants for Socialists (1885).

And pitches from wannabe actors, models and other “talented” individuals are right out.


8 Responses to Welcome, William Morris

  1. William Morris on January 3, 2005 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks, Adam.

    However, I’m so drunk with power I can’t think of anything to post.

    Either that or I’m suffering from an anxiety of influence moment — after all I have more than 25 precursors.

  2. danithew on January 3, 2005 at 2:35 pm

    Good to see you as a guest blogger Mr. Morris. I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

  3. Adam Greenwood on January 3, 2005 at 2:40 pm

    Yes, and you’ll wake up in the morning to find that all your captives are gone.

  4. Rosalynde Welch on January 3, 2005 at 2:51 pm

    Welcome, Mr. Morris. May I call you Will?

  5. Adam Greenwood on January 3, 2005 at 3:36 pm

    That’s what we call Mr. Shakespeare, Rosalynde W. “Willy” would create less confusion.

  6. Hans Hansen on January 3, 2005 at 3:41 pm

    Drat! Just when I was looking forward to a discussion of “Sigurd the Volsung” (1877)!

  7. Greg on January 3, 2005 at 3:54 pm

    Oaktown represent!

  8. William Morris on January 3, 2005 at 4:05 pm

    No diminutives please. William is fine.

    And: a shout out to all my homies from the Five–One–Ohh!


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