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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.


M.L.A. Calls for papers

The William Morris Society seeks papers that approach Morris's literary or artistic work from the perspective of thing theory, object studies, or material culture. Send 250-300w proposals and a 1-page c.v by March 15, 2017 to Linda K. Hughes (

Objectifying Morris: Morris and his circle are known for creating beautiful objects. These artifacts have had a significant impact on people from Morris’s own time to the present. They not only reveal much about Morris’s worldview, but also have served to inspire designers, decorators, writers, and bookmakers, leading them to appropriate and reinterpret Morrisian aesthetic ideals for a new generation. Given the recent interest in materiality, material culture, and object-oriented ontologies across disciplines, We seek papers that explore Morris and his influence through the artifacts he created and left behind. We are especially interested in papers that trace the history of specific artifacts, and how these objects inspired further literary and artistic creations.

William Morris and Modernism: Design, Literature, Politics: We seek 250-300w proposals and a 1-page c.v. for a special session co-sponsored by the William Morris Society, an Allied Organization, and the 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone Forum…

…on any aspect of design (of buildings, imagined spaces, interiors, print layouts), literature, or political movements or ideologies that link members of the William Morris Circle to writers, designers, and activists associated with Modernism. Send materials by March 15, 2017 to Linda K. Hughes
( and Stephen Ross (

"Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art"
      Symposium at the University of Delaware Library
      Newark, DE • March 17-18, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University. For details click here

William Morris and Victorian Radicalism
NEMLA, Baltimore, MD • March 23-26, 2016 

  • Florence Boos, U of Iowa, “A Jonah’s Eye View of the Whale”: Morris’s Socialist Diary 
  • Michael Martel, UC Davis, "News from Anytown: The Local States of William Morris and the Socialist League"
  • Kate Neilsen, Boston U, “`England is now a garden': Ecology, Culture, and Gender in News from Nowhere"

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 nominee Bernie Sanders.

A new French translation of Morris's Well at the World's End, in bookstores November 10, 2016: 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:

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
The Multifaceted Mr. Morris: A Record of the Exhibition in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, 1–30 October 2010
Jane Marguerite Tippett
Lead Graffiti, 2012
The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census
William S. Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson
Oak Knoll Press, 2011

Kelmscott Chaucer bookcover
A History of Kelmscott House
Helen Elletson
William Morris Society, London, 2011
Illustrated Edition of the Works of William Morris in English,
Robert L. M. Coupe
Second edition
Published by the author, 2011
Illustrated Editions bookcover
Socialist Aesthetics and "The Shadows of Amiens"
Florence S. Boos
William Morris Society: London, 2011
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