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Founded in New York in 1971 as an affiliate of the UK William Morris Society, the William Morris Society in the United States strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates. We coordinate our activities with our fellow Morris Societies in the UK and Canada, and distribute UK and US Newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.

We would like to thank for their past services departing board members Sean De Vega and Michael Robertson, now on sabbatical in England and preparing a biography of William Morris. We are also fortunate to be able to welcome three new members, David Lowden, a legal special counsel with a long history of serving non-profits, Melissa Buron, Director of the Art Division of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Sarah Mead Leonard, art historian and winner of the 2017 Joseph Dunlap Award.


The William Morris Society will sponsor sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, January 9th-12th, 2020. 

Re-evaluating the Pre-Raphaelites (MLA 2020) 

The WMS is seeking submissions for the following guaranteed session for MLA 2020: 

In the past decade, a number of exhibitions from Manchester to Moscow have reassessed Pre-Raphaelite art and design, from William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision at the Manchester Art Gallery in 2009 to the traveling exhibition Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement at venues through 2021. These displays have positioned the intersection of art, design, and literature as defining features of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement, marking them as both “avant-garde” and deeply engaged with the past. We seek papers that respond to these recent re-evaluations of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement (including critical responses).

Submission instructions: send CV and a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to KellyAnn Fitzpatrick ( no later than 1 March 2019

Ecosocialism and the Late Victorians (MLA 2020) 

William Morris Society in the United States/ Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment 
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The WMS is seeking submissions for the following session, co-sponsored with Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, for the 2020 MLA Convention. Please note that this session is not guaranteed (and is subject to approval by the MLA): 

The late nineteenth century saw writers, artists, and thinkers such as William Morris help plant the seeds of ecological concerns in socialist politics, leading to innovative approaches to both environmental and socialist ideas. We seek papers that explore any aspect of the ways (literary, artistic, political) that resultant ecosocialist impulses influenced or grew out of late Victorian culture.

Submission instructions: send CV and a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to Clare Echterling ( and KellyAnn Fitzpatrick no later than 1 March 2019. 

Information on sessions and speakers will be available on our website by June 2019.


From Slaveholders to Sanders: A Brief History of the US Democratic Party, for British Readers

American socialist Bill Crane provides a brief history of the Democratic Party from its inception to the present, and asks how revolutionaries might relate to the movement behind presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

A new French translation of Morris's Well at the World's End : William Morris La Source au bout du monde Le grand Roman picaresque de l’âge Victorien. A tribute to the Kelmscott Press edition of 1896 developed, illustrated, composed and printed by William Morris. See full color, 4-page brochure.


The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900
17 February-19 May 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
A version of the Tate Britain exhibition, Fall 2012, with a second display, Pre-Raphaelites and the Book

Other Events in the US:

Book sale to benefit the William Morris Society in the United States

New Illustrated Edition of News from Nowhere

New Blog by WMS Award Winner: The Morrisian

New Book:

The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Thinkers and Their Legacy.
by Michael Robertson
Princeton University Press, 2017. 

History and Poetics in the Early Writings of
William Morris, 1855–1870

by Florence S. Boos
Ohio State University Press

The Broadside
To Build a Shdowy Isle of Bliss: William Morris's Radicalism and the Embodiment of Dreams.
Eds.Michelle Weinroth & Paul Leduc Browne
McGill Queens University Press, 2014

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Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure
by John Plotz
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2014

Time and the Tapestry Cover
The Collected Letters of Jane Morris
Edited by Jan Marsh and Frank Sharp
Boydell and Brewer, 2012

Collected Letters Cover

Morris-related Book:

Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture. Stanford, 2012.

Shadows of Amiens bookcover


NEW William Morris Song Book

CD from Britain: For contents and information on how to order, please visit or write

Digital Independent Morris-Inspired Press:

The Kelmsgarth Press
First Publication: William Morris: The Blog by Tony Pinkney