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William Morris and the Idea of CommunityRomance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914$
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Anna Vaninskaya

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641499

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641499.001.0001

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The Paradoxes of Mr Morris

The Paradoxes of Mr Morris

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(p.34) Chapter 2 The Paradoxes of Mr Morris
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William Morris and the Idea of Community
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Anna Vaninskaya

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641499.003.0003

This chapter studies the puzzling habits of William Morris. It shows that Morris willingly participated in market processes, and was also one of the most vocal supporters of the romance-as-community idea. It takes a look at the elements in his prose, his choice of plots, and his production of literary work, which were usual of the commercially successful New Romance. It reveals Morris' view of romance as the literature of the people, as well as his focus on the community and his distribution of his books based on the rules of the capitalist marketplace.

Keywords:   William Morris, market processes, romance-as-community, prose elements, plots, production, New Romance, community, capitalist marketplace, book distribution

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