Hardcover

  • ISBN: 978-618-81232-4-3
  • Size: 234 x 156 mm
  • Pages: 124
Price: 20.90 EUR

About The Book

The Story of the Glittering Plain tells the story of Hallblithe, a young man searching for his kidnapped fiancée. His quest takes him first to the Island of Ransom and then to the Glittering Plain, a utopian land of everlasting youth. Hallblithe has to move through a web of lies and deceptions in order to find his fiancée and return home.

Written immediately after (or in parallel with) News From Nowhere, this novel presents a different world from the previous historic fantasies of The House of the Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains. Here Morris invents, for the first time in modern literature, an entirely new world with supernatural elements, opening the road for modern fantasy.

The novel, rich in symbolism and meaning beyond its story, is written in the unique language and style of William Morris. Morris mixes classical mythical archetypes (as the descent to Hades) with his personal experience of Iceland and a critique of utopian ideas to create a unique story that remains a milestone of modern fantasy.

William Morris

William Morris (1834-1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, typographer, socialist and member of the English Arts and Crafts Movement.

Through his textile designs produced by his company Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co and his other works and writings on interior design, he has influenced the field more than anyone else. As a typographer and founder of the Kelmscott Press he had a lasting influence on typography and graphic design. His utopian novel News From Nowhere is today considered a classic, while during his life he was mostly known as a poet, political activist and supporter of traditional crafts.

His prose romances, a series of fantasy novels written during the last years of his life have been an important influence on authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Although they are little known today, they have been fundamental for the development of British fantasy literature.

The Prose Romances of William Morris

The Prose Romances of William Morris is intended to be the definitive edition of Morris’s fantasy works, keystones of British fantasy literature that influenced authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in writing such classics as The Lord Of The Rings and The Chronicles Of Narnia.