News from Nowhere caused a stir with its unusual blend of utopian socialism and science fiction when it was first published in installments in William Morris's socialist newspaper The Commonweal in 1890. The Kelmscott Press edition, printed in 1892 and reproduced here in this facsimile edition, was a triump of book design and making.
After attending a Socialist League meeting and returning home to the London suburb of Hammersmith, narrator William Guest awakens the next day to find himself in the twentieth-first century and in an England now called 'Nowhere' where industrial buildings have been transformed into a pastoral paradise and money, prisons and divorce have been abolished. Part utopia and part romance, News from Nowhere is William Morris's depiction of an ideal nation peopled with 'happy and lovely folk, who had cast away riches and attained to wealth.'
This exquisite facsimile of the beautiful Kelmscott Press edition of Morris's seminal novel includes an introduction by Dr Rowan Willaims, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Published by Thames and Hudson in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum