William Morris has come to be regarded as one of the giants of the nineteenth century. But his genius was so many-sided asn so profound that its full extent has rarely been grasped. With consummate skill, Fiona MacCarthy has knitted together the innumerable threads in Morris's life into a coherent whole for the first time. This biography as a paperback coincides with the 100th anniversary of Morris's death.
Fiona MacCarthy established herself as one of the leading writers of biography in Britain with her widely acclaimed book Eric Gill, published in 1989. Byron: Life and Legend was described by A. N. Wilson as 'a flawless triumph' and William Morris, described by A. S. Byatt as 'large, delicious and intelligent, full of shining detail', won the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Non-Fiction Award. Fiona MacCarthy received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography for The Last Pre-Raphaelite, and was awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2009.