William Morris Archive

Victorian Reviews and Criticism

Walter Pater, Westminster Review

Alfred Austin, Temple Bar

G. A. Simcox, Academy

Spectator, Unsigned

Sidney Colvin, Academy

G. W. Cox, Edinburgh Review

Westminster Review, Unsigned

Riegel, Julius. Die Quellen von William Morris' Dichtung The Earthly Paradise, 1890.

These reviews were reprinted in William Morris: The Critical Heritage, ed. Peter Faulkner, London, 1973. Headnotes are by Peter Faulkner.


Recent Criticism

Anderson, Karl. Discussion of "The Lovers of Gudrun," "The Story of Aslaug" in "Scandinavian Elements in the Works of William Morris." Diss., Harvard University, 1940.

("The Story of Aslaug," pp. 120-27.)

("Gudrun," 64-109.)

Anderson, Karl. Discussion of Morris and the Earthly Paradise in "Scandinavian Elements in the Works of William Morris." Diss., Harvard University, 1940, 13-38.

Balch, Dennis, "'The Lovers of Gudrun,' Sigurd the Volsung, and The House of the Wolfings: Three Chapters in a Tale of the Individual and the Tribe," After Summer Seed: Reconsiderations of William Morris's Sigurd the Volsung, Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania: William Morris Society in the United States, 1977.

Boos, Florence S. "The Structure of Morris's Tales for the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine," Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Spring, 1987), pp. 2-12

Boos, Florence. "Sources for Morris's 'Wanderers' Prologue.'" American Notes and Queries 22.5-6 (1984): 73-78.

Boos, Florence. "Ten Journeys to the Venusberg: Morris' Drafts for The Hill of Venus" Victorian Poetry, Vol. 39 (Winter,2001): 597-616.

Calhoun, Blue. "Pastoral: The Mood of Idleness," 61-62 and "The Four Seasons of Man and Soceity: The General Sructure and Volume I, " 117-128; "The Burning Days of Mid-summer Suns: Volume II," in The Pastoral Vision of William Morris. U Georgia: Athens, 1975, 146-77.

Cowan, Yuri. "Everyday Material Culture in the Medieval Tales of the Earthly Paradise," William Morris and the Art of the Everyday, ed. Wendy Parkins, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Press, 2010.

Ellison, Ruth C. "'The Undying Glory of Dreams': William Morris and 'The Northland of Old,'" Victorian Poetry, ed. M. Bradbury and D. Palmer. London: E. Arnold, 1972, 138-75.

Ellison, Ruth. "An Unpublished Poem by William Morris," English 15 (Autumn, 1964): 100-102.

Faulkner, Peter. "The Story of Alcestis in William Morris and Ted Hughes,"JWMS 16/23 (2005): 56-79.

Goodwin, Kenneth. "Unpublished Lyrics of William Morris." Yearbook of English Studies 5(1975): 190-206.

Helsinger, Elizabeth. "Chromatic States" and "Designing The Earthly Paradise," Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, New Haven: Yale, 2008, 112-118, 199-217.

Hodgson, Amanda. "'The Highest Poetry': Epic Narrative in The Earthly Paradise and Idylls of the King," Victorian Poetry (1996): 341-54.

Julian, Linda. "Laxdaela Saga and 'The Lovers of Gudrun': Morris' Poetic Vision." Victorian Poetry (1996): 355-71.

Kierstead, Christopher. Victorian Poetry, Europe, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism. Ohio State University Press, 2011, 143-177. [pdf] Chapter 6: "Affinity versus Isolation: Cosmopolitanism and the Racial Dynamics of Morris's Europe"

Kocmanova, Jesse. "The Poetic Maturing of William Morris: From the Earthly Paradise to the Pilgrims of Hope." Brno Studies in English, vol. 5, 1964. Reprinted; Folcroft: Folcroft Library Editions, 1970.

Latham, David. "Paradise Lost: Morris's Re-writing of The Earthly Paradise." Journal of Pre-Raphelite Studies 1.1 (Part 1): 67-76.

Litzenberg, Karl. "Allusions to the Elder Edda in the 'Non-Norse Poems of William Morris." Scandinavian Studies 14(1935-37): 17-24.

Litzenberg, Karl. "Tyrfing into Excalibur? A Note on William Morris's Unfinished Poem, 'In Arthur's House'," Scandinavian Studies 15 (1938-39): 81-83.

Litzenberg, Karl. "William Morris and the Heimskringla." Scandinavian Studies 14(1935-36): 33-39.

Litzenberg, Karl. "William Morris and the 'Literary' Tradition." Michigan Alumnus 53(1946): 48-55.

Litzenberg, Karl. "William Morris and Scandinavian Literature: A Bibliographical Essay." Scandinavian Studies 13(1933-35): 93-105.

Mauer, Oscar. "William Morris's Treatment of Greek Legend in The Earthly Paradise." Texas University Studies in English 33 (1954): 103-18.

Mauer, Oscar. "William Morris and Gesta Romanorum." Studies in Language, Literature, and Culture of the Middle Ages and Later. Ed. E. B. Atwood. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1969, 367-81.

Mauer, Oscar. "William Morris and the Laxdaela Saga." Texas Studies in Language and Literature 5(1963): 422-37.

Mauer, Oscar. "William Morris and the Poetry of Escape." Nineteenth Century Studies. Ed. H. Davies, William DeVane, and R. C. Bald. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1940, 247-76.

McGann, Jerome. "The Beauty of the Medusa." Studies in Romanticism 11.1(1972): 3-25.

Morris, May. "Narrative Poetry: The Earthly Paradise" and "Workshop Notes." William Morris: Artist, Writer, Socialist. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1936, vol. 1, 396-440.

Morris, May. Remarks on Early Drafts for The Earthly Paradise, Collected Works 3, 628-32, Collected Works 21, xviii-xix

Morris, May. William Morris: Artist, Writer, Socialist, Oxford: Blackwells, 1936, 404-36. 

Oberg, Charlotte, "The Role of the Hero," chapter II, A Pagan Prophet: William Morris, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1978.

---------. "Conclusion." Ibid.

Riegel, Julius. Die Quellen von William Morris' Dichtung The Earthly Paradise. Erlangen & Leipzig. A. Deichert'sche Verlagsbuchh. Nachf. (Gerog Böhme), 1890.

Silver, Carole. "The Earthly Paradise: Lost." Victorian Poetry 13.3-4 (1975): 27-42.

Strode, Elizabeth. "The Crisis of The Earthly Paradise: Morris and Keats." Victorian Poetry 13.3-4 (1975): 71-81.

Thomas, Jane. "Morris and the Muse: Gender and Aestheticism in William Morris's 'Pygmalion and the Image.' Writing on the Image: Reading William Morris, ed. David Latham. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2007, 61-72.

Thompson, Tollef B., "Skandinavischer Einfluss auf William Morris in den ersten Studien (The Earthly Paradise). Inaugural-Dissertation, Koniglichen Universitat zu Greifswald, Berlin, 1901.

Wahl, John Robert. "The Mood of Energy and the Mood of Idleness: A Note on The Earthly Paradise." English Studies in Africa 2.1 (1959): 90-97.