William Morris is my kind of socialist – a utopian dreamer rooted in the very real beauties and pleasures of this world. He dreamed of a better way of living, and worked to make it a reality for his circle of family and friends.
He may have worked himself into an early grave (the physician who pronounced him dead gave the cause as “simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men”) but the legacy he left us has been a lasting inspiration to everyone from textile designers to fantasy writers.
I somehow doubt he would approve of Google, but I’ve enjoyed their tribute to him all the same.
Happy 182nd birthday William Morris!