A Tale of the House of the Wolfings and All the Kindreds of the Mark

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William Morris

1889

Book, 199 p, language: English, publisher: London: Reeves and Turner, ISBN: N/A.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/733).

Literary synopsis

The House of the Wolflings is a "historical work that gradually admits the existence of a reality beyond the real in which machinery and convention were overtaking by sensibility and life –to portray worlds of clear air and water, which are drenched with bursting colourful life. Morris peopled these worlds with leaders and warlords, robbers and farmers, witches and thralls, heroes and heroines. The concern is more with communities than with individuals. Morris said *House* was “meant to illustrate the melting of the individual into the society of the tribes”."

- Ian Covell, Dreamer of Dreams, 2006

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

"The water-coloured worlds are based on the experiences of his lifetime: he knew ­having studied politics, history and craftsmanship, as well as spending his formative years in the countryside of the mid-nineteenth century­ what changes the absence of technology would make."

- Ian Covell, Dreamer of Dreams, 2006

Novel's website

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Fantasy, Prose poetry.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Mysticism, Rituals.

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