Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland
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The Victorian artist and activist William Morris travelled to Iceland in search of an answer to the problem of how to live. His intimate journals, written for a friend, unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision.
Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’s prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home.
‘Greenlaw has brilliantly found a new form for writing about Morris, and for this we can only be grateful.’ – Tony Pinkney in William Morris Unbound
"This bountiful book rocks away in a stunning mélange between strange and sure, between factual thought and exhaustive experience." - Linda Chown in Blogcritics.org