News from Nowhere

MORRIS, William. News from Nowhere.

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One of the most significant English utopias to be written since Thomas More.

MORRIS, William. News from Nowhere. London: Reeves & Turner, 1891.

8vo., original dark green publisher's cloth, lettered in gilt to upper board and spine; yellow end papers; edges untrimmed; pp. [ii]; 238; cloth a little rubbed to corners; head and foot of spine pushed; previous bookseller sticker to front paste down; a little spotted to prelims and end papers; overall a very bright copy.
First edition.
Morris' Utopia combines socialism and soft science-fiction to create a Marxist, Romantic ideal. The protagonist, William Guest, is transported into a future society in which money and private property has been abolished, and traditional democracy replaced by informal patterns of co-operation.
Originally appearing as instalments in Commonweal, the official newspaper of the Socialist League, this is the first trade edition, which appeared after the limited. It was this novel which allowed Morris to tackle the socialist criticism that people will have no motivation to work under a communist society, with the retort that this would not be the case if such work was seen as a creative and pleasurable activity. This Utopia, an imagined society, is idyllic because the people in it are free from the burdens of industrialisation and therefore find harmony in a lifestyle that coexists with the natural world.