This week in history William Morris was born on March 24, 1834.

Writing is only one element of William Morris’s diverse achievement. He designed textiles, wallpapers, stained glass, rugs, tapestries, and embroidery; and he founded and managed a company to produce them. He was a leading influence on the Arts and Crafts movement in England and America and, through the work of his disciples, a major force in the reform of art education. He was a pioneer in the causes of historic preservation and environmentalism. His work as a typographer and printer produced some of the finest Victorian books and encouraged the revitalization of the art of printing. His activities as a revolutionary Socialist helped shape the direction of the British party system; the example of his commitment to socialism influenced the movement even when it took directions Morris himself had not envisioned.

“William Morris.” Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991. Biography in Context. Web.

To learn more about William Morris, visit his company’s website which is still in business today.



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