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William Morris: News from Nowhere

By William Morris - Scanned from Pamela Todd, Pre-Raphaelites at Home, New York: Watson-Guptill, 2001, Public Domain, via WikipediaNews from Nowhere is an 1890 novel by William Morris. It is an early work of utopian science fiction, which presents Morris's socialist ideals through the narrator's journey into a future in which they have been realised.

It was partly intended as a riposte to a similar work published the previous year, Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, which Morris characterised as 'State Communism, worked by the very extreme of national centralization.' In his review of Bellamy's book, Morris argued that 'variety of life is as much an aim of true communism as equality of condition, and that nothing but an union of these two will bring about real freedom.' It is this more pastoral vision which is reflected in News from Nowhere.

News from Nowhere at online book stores
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Free online texts
Gutenberg: News from Nowhere. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats. 
Internet Archive: News from Nowhere (1891 edtion).  EPUB, MOBI, PDF and TXT formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): News from Nowhere. EPUB, MOBI and HTML formats.
Wikisource: News from Nowhere. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and PDF formats.

Other Resources
BBC Radio 4 In Our Time: William Morris. Melvyn Bragg with Ingrid Hanson, Marcus Waithe, and Jane Thomas.
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Morris, William
Librivox: News from Nowhere. Public domain audiobook. Looking Backward. Morris's review of Bellamy's book.
Wikipedia: William Morris - New from Nowhere

Further reading
Bloom's Western Canon: News from Nowhere is listed.
Thomas More: Utopia
Edward Bellamy: Looking Backward


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