William Morris: Utopist Master Craftsman
Oshiro, Kathryn N.
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It may be said that Morris was classical in his thought. At a time when industrial, materialistic utopias were being described, he picked up the classical utopian tradition based on ideals for human organization rather than idealizations of machine culture. Nonetheless, he was innovative -- principally in his trust of the emotional aesthetic life. Arts and artists had been neglected or discouraged in utopias from Plato's on. To Morris, rejecting this facet of personality was tantamount to alienating man from himself. The concept of art neither blurring nor modifying, but uncovering, human potential found unique expression through this utopist.