Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Uploads - Patricia Clark Memorial Library > ePub Books

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-29-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
weatherwax
Guru
weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.weatherwax ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
weatherwax's Avatar
 
Posts: 904
Karma: 5921577
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: South of Germany
Device: PRS650 (red), Kindle PW2, Galaxy Note 8
Morris, William: News from Nowhere. V1. 29_May-2011

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball (1888) and the utopian News from Nowhere (1890). He was an important figure in the emergence of socialism in Britain, founding the Socialist League in 1884, but breaking with that organization over goals and methods by the end of the decade. He devoted much of the rest of his life to the Kelmscott Press, which he founded in 1891. The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.

News from Nowhere (1890) is a classic work combining utopian socialism and soft science fiction. In the book, the narrator, William Guest, falls asleep after returning from a meeting of the Socialist League and awakes to find himself in a future society based on common ownership and democratic control of the means of production. In this society there is no private property, no big cities, no authority, no monetary system, no divorce, no courts, no prisons, and no class systems. This agrarian society functions simply because the people find pleasure in nature, and therefore they find pleasure in their work.
In the novel, Morris tackles one of the most common criticisms of socialism; the supposed lack of incentive to work in a communistic society. Morris' response is that all work should be creative and pleasurable. This differs from the majority of Socialist thinkers, who tend to assume that while work is a necessary evil, a well-planned equal society can reduce the amount of work needed to be done by each worker. News From Nowhere was written as a Libertarian socialist response to an earlier book called Looking Backward, a book that epitomizes a kind of State-Socialism that Morris abhorred.
This work is assumed to be in the Life+70 public domain OR the copyright holder has given specific permission for distribution. Copyright laws differ throughout the world, and it may still be under copyright in some countries. Before downloading, please check your country's copyright laws. If the book is under copyright in your country, do not download or redistribute this work.

To report a copyright violation you can contact us here.
Attached Files
File Type: epub News from Nowhere - William Morris.epub (312.6 KB, 429 views)
weatherwax is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fantasy Morris, William: The Sundering Flood, v1 27 May 2007 Madam Broshkina BBeB/LRF Books 0 05-27-2008 09:21 PM
Science Fiction Morris, William: News from Nowhere, IMP, v1, 17 Oct 2007. Patricia IMP Books 0 10-16-2007 09:26 PM
Science Fiction Morris, William: News from Nowhere, v1, 17 Oct 2007. Patricia Kindle Books 0 10-16-2007 09:23 PM
Science Fiction Morris, William: News from Nowhere, v1, 17 Oct 2007. Patricia BBeB/LRF Books 0 10-16-2007 09:20 PM
Fantasy Morris, William: The Well at the World's End. v1. 2007-06-23 BenG BBeB/LRF Books 0 06-23-2007 11:33 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:04 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.