Date(s) - Sunday, 18th March
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
This illustrated talk will describe William Morris’s socialist beliefs and activities, illustrated with images from the period.
We will also have afternoon tea – socialist style – to launch the new Five Leaves’ edition of William Morris’s Socialist Diary, with Florence Boos of the North American William Morris Society.
William Morris was the most prominent Victorian artist to embrace the new socialist movement of the 1880s. From 1883 to 1890, he continued to maintain Morris and Co., but devoted most of this period to the cause of socialism. He made strenuous propaganda tours; wrote socialist songs, poems, novels and a play; edited and wrote for the socialist newspaper Commonweal after 1885; and led, from 1885 to 1890, one of England’s two major socialist organisations, the Socialist League.
Morris’s Socialist Diary of 1887 is one of the most interesting writings from this period of his work. It is one of only two extended diaries of his activities which he kept in his life, each of which represents an effort to record and analyse experiences of a new phase of his work and thought.
In association with the William Morris Society.
Florence will also be speaking in London on 23rd and 24th, at Kelmscott House and the William Morris Gallery respectively. Ask us for details
Free, refreshments provided
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