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San Francisco, CA, U. Seller Rating:. Morris, writing and thinking to a certain extent in a different tradition from the one that formed the matrix of Marx's own intellectual development, reached conclusions essentially similar to those of the early Marx, the Marx of the Grundrisse , and the Marx of the chapters on commodity fetishism in volume 1 of Capital , and indeed of the whole of that work.
The appearance of E. Thompson's biography of Morris in reflected to some degree the beginning of the rediscovery of the early Marx in post-war Europe, particularly the Marx of the "Paris Manuscripts", and The German Ideology , texts that were unknown even to Lenin. The theme of alienation that runs through these works has been at the basis of at least the two major strands in post-war philosophy and social thought.
Morris undoubtedly made major contributions to the Marxist theory of alienation, particularly in its aesthetic dimension. The concepts he developed were enriched by a profound grasp of history, which is clear from a reading of such works as the lecture Art and Labour and the book he co-authored with Belfort Bax: Socialism: Its Growth and Outcome Morris admitted that he had little aptitude for pure economic studies, yet his writings indicate a firm grasp of some central Marxist economic concepts, such as the division of labour and surplus value.
Morris' vision, and he was a visionary, is best seen in the utopian romance News from Nowhere Paul Meier, the French scholar, has written an important book establishing the firm links between Morris' outlook in that book, and the perspective of the communist future developed by Marx in The Critique of the Gotha Programme.
Apart from its vision of a future communist society, which depicts the Thames Valley years hence, when the restraints of the division of labour have largely been overcome and where a totally new attitude to work and leisure prevails, the most striking feature of News from Nowhere is its historical realism -- the detailed description in it of the transition from the old society. In conclusion we could briefly look at Morris's historical status with the traditions of the British and international labour movements. Historians have unhesitatingly considered that Morris was "admitted to be the most influential socialist of his day in Britain", and "the greatest of English socialists".
Morris's international stature is in some ways an open question.
Perry Anderson has maintained, in a footnote in his Considerations on Western Marxism , that Morris "unjustly remained without much influence even within his own country, and was unknown outside it". We have seen that Morris had a quite definite influence on the British labour tradition. But internationally as well, he was far from being "unknown". For one thing he had attended the founding congress of the Socialist International in Paris in , and was received there as the "most distinguished British representative".
The currency and influence of William Morris's ideas and example will no doubt extend, both within the international labour movement and in society at large, as major interpretative works such as those by E. Thompson and Paul Meier continue to be discussed and subjected to critical appraisal. Study of the contribution of this outstanding socialist should be among the priorities of those who are seeking a road to the full emancipation of humankind.
See the famous passage that has Morris disavowing Marxist political economy: p. Laurence Thompson, in The Enthusiasts: a Biography of John and Katherine Bruce Glasier London, , holds that Glasier's memoir "should perhaps be taken as impressionist in its detail rather than strictly factual", p. John Y. See Thompson's comments in the postscript of the edition of William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary , pp.
See, for example, J. Thompson, William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary , part 1, ch. Talmon, in Romanticism and Revolt London, , comments on romanticism's "dual" character; its reactionary as well as its progressive strains: p.
Bertrand Russel, in his History of Western Philosophy. The Age of Revolution London, , p. It is of some significance to note that the young Marx was profoundly influenced by romanticism, as his earliest literary efforts demonstrate. Williams situates Morris as a pivotal figure in the tradition he discusses.
Morton ed. The Works of John Ruskin London, , vol. On the medieval orientation in 19th century thought in general and its influence on Morris, see Margaret Grennan, William Morris: Medievalist and Revolutionary New York, See the comments in Williams, Culture and Society , pp. Albans, Herts. Asa Briggs ed. Williams ed. In his article "How I Became a Socialist", Morris wrote that these writings of Mill "put the finishing touch to my conversion to Socialism". See, for example, G. There are those who have claimed that no socialist upturn of any kind took place in this period.
Theodore Rothstein, From Chartism to Labourism London, originally published holds that "the [s and s] The last quarter of the last century stands out in the history of the labour movement, not only of England but of the whole world, as a period of unparallelled stagnation, decay, and complete absence of any vitality". Thus the whole of the period that gave rise to the first mass socialist international is written off as a dead loss.