Further reading

If you would like to explore further, we have created reading lists on William Morris, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the artist Frank Brangwyn. The literature is vast so our suggestions are intended as a way to get started, whatever your particular interest.

All these titles and many more can be viewed in the William Morris Gallery Reading Room, open to everyone by appointment.

A regularly updated selection of the most recent books and journals is available to purchase in the Gallery shop. 

William Morris


Fiona MacCarthy William Morris, A Life For Our Time (Faber and Faber, London, 1994) 

John W Mackail The Life of William Morris, 2 volumes (Longmans, Green & Co, London, 1899)

EP Thompson William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1955)

Aymer Vallance William Morris: his art, his writings and his public life (G Bell & Sons, London, 1897)


The Journal of William Morris Studies (1961 - ongoing, http://www.morrissociety.org/publications/journal.html)

William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth (Two Temple Place exhibition catalogue, 2011)

Caroline Arscott William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones Interlacings (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008)

Joanna Banham and Jennifer Harris eds. William Morris and the Middle Ages (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1984)

Phillippa Bennett and Rosie Miles eds. William Morris in the Twenty-First Century (Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts, Volume 20, 2010)

Helen Elletson A History of Kelmscott House, (William Morris Society, London, 2009)

Carien Kremer and Anna Mason William Morris in 50 Objects (Hudson, 2012)

Katherine A Lochnan, Douglas E Schoenherr and Carole Silver eds The Earthly Paradise: Arts and Crafts by William Morris and his Circle from Canadian Collections (Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition catalogue, Toronto, 1993)

Jan Marsh William Morris and Red House (National Trust Books, 2005)

Christopher Menz Morris & Co. (Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 2002)

Linda Parry ed. William Morris (Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition catalogue, Philip Wilson, 1996)

Nikolaus Pevsner Pioneers of the Modern Movement: From William Morris to Walter Gropius (Faber and Faber, London, 1936)

Nicholas Salmon with Derek Baker The William Morris Chronology (Thoemmes Press, Bristol, 1996)

David Saxby William Morris at Merton (Museum of London Archaeology Service and London Borough of Merton, 1995)

Diane Waggoner ed. The Beauty of Life: William Morris and the Art of Design (Thames and Hudson, London, 2003)

Morris's Writings

Florence S Boos ed. The Earthly Paradise (Routledge, New York, 1994)

Florence S Boos ed. William Morris’ Socialist Diary (Journeyman, London and New York, 1985)

Norman Kelvin ed. The Collected Letters of William Morris, 4 volumes (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1984-1996)

Magnus Magnusson ed. Icelandic Journals (Mare’s Nest, London, 1996)

May Morris ed. The Collected Works of William Morris, 24 volumes (Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1910-1915)

May Morris ed. William Morris, Artist, Writer, Socialist, 2 volumes (Blackwell, Oxford, 1934)

Nicolas Salmon ed. Journalism: Contributions to Commonweal, 1885-1890 (Thoemmes Press, Bristol, 1996)

Nicholas Salmon ed. Political Writings: Contributions to Justice and Commonweal, 1883-1890 (Thoemmes Press, Bristol, 1994)

Roy Strong and Joyce Irene Whalley (introduction) A Book of Verse by William Morris (Scholar Press, London, 1980)

Clive Wilmer ed. News From Nowhere and Other Writings (Penguin, London, 1993)

Ancient Buildings

Chris Miele ed. From William Morris: Building Conservation and the Arts and Crafts Cult of Authenticity (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2005)

Book Arts

Joseph R Dunlap The Book That Never Was (Oriole Editions, New York, 1971)

William S Peterson The Kelmscott Press: A History of William Morris’s Typographical Adventure (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1991)

Charles Ryskamp ed. William Morris and the Art of the Book (Pierpont Morgan Library and Oxford University Press, New York and London, 1971)


Charles Harvey and Jon Press William Morris: Design and Enterprise in Victorian England (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1991)

Charles Harvey and Jon Press Art, Enterprise and Ethics: The Life and Works of William Morris (Frank Cass, London, 1996)


Morris & Company Tiles (William Morris Gallery exhibition hand-list, 1996)

Richard and Hilary Myers William Morris Tiles (Richard Dennis, 1996)


Ruth Kinna William Morris: The Art of Socialism (University Wales Press, Cardiff, 2000)

Tony Pinkney William Morris in Oxford: The Campaigning Years 1879-1895 (Grosmont, Illuminati Books, 2007)

Stained Glass

Peter Cormack Morris & Company Stained Glass (William Morris Gallery exhibition catalogue, 1996)

Martin Harrison Victorian Stained Glass (Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1980)

AC Sewter The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle, 2 volumes (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1974-1975)


Jenny Balfour-Paul Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans, (The British Museum Press, London, 2011)

Oliver Fairclough and Emmeline Leary Textiles by William Morris and Morris & Co 1861-1940 (Thames & Hudson, London, 1981)

Brenda M King Dye, Print, Stitch: The Textiles of Thomas and Elizabeth Wardle (2009)

Linda Parry William Morris Textiles (V&A Publications, London, revised edition 2013)

Timothy Wilcox, Caron Penney and Fiona Mathieson, Tapestry: A Woven Narrative (Black Dog Publishing, 2012)


Lesley Hoskins ed. The Papered Wall: The History, Patterns and Techniques of Wallpaper (Thames & Hudson, London, 2005)

Friends and family

Anna Mason et al. May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2017)

Sheila Kirk Philip Webb: Pioneer of Arts and Crafts Architecture (Wiley-Academy, Chichester, 2005)

Fiona MacCarthy The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination (Faber and Faber, London, 2011)

Jan Marsh and Frank C Sharp eds. The Collected Letters of Jane Morris (Boydell Press, 2012)

Jan Marsh Jane and May Morris: A Biographical Story 1839-1938 (Pandora Press, London and New York, 1986)

Jan Marsh Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1999)

Helen Sloan, May Morris 1862 – 1938 (William Morris Gallery exhibition catalogue, 1989)

Lynn Hulse ed. May Morris: Art & Life New Perspectives (Friends of the William morris Galley, 2017)

Arts and Crafts Movement

Judith A Barter ed. Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2009)

Rosalind P Blakesley The Arts and Crafts Movement (Phaidon, London, 2006)

Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted Good Citizen’s Furniture: The Arts and Crafts Collections at Cheltenham (Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in association with Lund Humphries, 1994)

Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted eds. Simplicity or Splendour: Arts and Crafts Living, Objects from the Cheltenham Collection (Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in association with Lund Humphries, 1999)

Jon Catleugh William De Morgan Tiles (Trefoil, London, 1983)

Peter Cormack Arts and Crafts Stained Glass (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2015)

Peter Cormack Christopher Whall: Arts & Crafts Stained Glass Worker (William Morris Gallery exhibition catalogue, 1979)

Peter Cormack Henry Holiday 1839-1927 (William Morris Gallery exhibition catalogue, 1989)

Peter Cormack Women Stained Glass Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement (William Morris Gallery exhibition catalogue, 1985)

Alan Crawford CR Ashbee: Architect, Designer and Romantic Socialist (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1985)

Amy Gaimster George Jack 1855-1931: Architect and Designer-Craftsman (William Morris Gallery, 2006)

Mary Greensted ed. An Anthology of the Arts and Crafts Movement: Writings by Ashbee, Lethaby, Gimson and their contemporaries (Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2005)

Mary Greensted The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain (Shire Publications, Oxford, 2010)

Mary Greensted The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds (Alan Sutton Publishing, Stroud, 1992)

Mary Greensted and Sophia Wilson eds. Originality and Initiative: the Arts and Crafts Archives at Cheltenham (Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in association with Lund Humphries, 1999)

Malcolm Haslam Arts and Crafts Book Covers (Richard Dennis, 2012)

Malcolm Haslam Arts and Crafts Carpets (David Black, London, 1991)

Rob Higgins and Christopher Stolbert Robinson William De Morgan: Arts and Crafts Potter (Shire, Oxford, 2010)

Lynn Hulse ed. Handbook of Embroidery (1880) (East Moseley, Royal School of Needlework, 2010)

Karen Livingstone and Linda Parry eds. International Arts and Crafts (V&A Publications, London, 2005)

Fiona MacCarthy The Simple Life: CR Ashbee in the Cotswolds (Lund Humphries, London, 1981)

Linda Parry and David Cathers eds. Arts and Crafts Rugs for Craftsman Interiors: The Crab Tree Farm Collection (New York and London, 2010)

Linda Parry Textiles of the Arts and Crafts Movement (Thames & Hudson, London, revised edition, 2005)

Pamela Todd The Arts and Crafts Companion (Thames & Hudson, London, 2004)

Frank Brangwyn

Roger Alford and Libby Horner eds. Brangwyn in his Studio: The Diary of Frank Alford (Roger Alford, Guildford, 2004)

Rodney Brangwyn, Brangwyn (London, 1978)

Libby Horner and Gillian Naylor eds. Frank Brangwyn 1867-1956 (Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 2006)

Libby Horner Frank Brangwyn: A Mission to Decorate Life (The Fine Art Society/Liss Fine Art, 2006)

Diana de Vere Cole Brangwyn in Perspective: The Life and Work of Sir Frank Brangwyn 1867-1956 (One Roof Press, London, 2006)