Roycroft History Course: Morris – November 14th


Roycroft History Course:

Master of All Trades: William Morris’ “True Secret of Happiness”

Saturday, November 14th | 11:00 am EST

David Latham will give an illustrated introduction to William Morris, the Olympian genius who inspired Elbert Hubbard to found the Roycroft Arts and Crafts community and was considered by Hubbard as a “prophet of God.” A jack of all trades and master of them all, Morris stands remarkably at the forefront of six historic movements in Western culture: the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the 1850s, the Arts and Crafts movement in the 1860s, the architectural preservation movement in the 1870s, the Socialist movement in the 1880s, the prose romance movement in the 1890s, and the private press movement in the 1890s.  Each of these six historic movements will be illustrated by Morris’s Pre-Raphaelite poetry, by his furniture, wallpapers, tapestries, and stained glass, by his political lectures for revolutionizing the nature of work, by his visionary prose which Yeats praised as the most beautiful language ever written, and by the font, watermarked paper, and illustrations he designed for the most beautiful books ever printed.

David Latham

David Latham has retired from the Department of English at York University where he taught Victorian studies and where he continues to edit The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies. He is also, with Lesley Higgins, the co-general editor of The Collected Works of Walter Pater, a ten-volume edition published by Oxford University Press. His books, chapters, and articles are on Victorian and Canadian literature.  He and his wife Sheila lived in Morris’s Kelmscott House in Hammersmith in 1978-79, and they have been writing “William Morris: An Annotated Bibliography” for The Journal of William Morris Studies as a labour of love every two years since 1983.


$20 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event.

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.