Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860-1960, by Fiona MacCarthy
"This book is about a man and the growth of an idea. The man is William Morris, great Victorian artist-craftsman, designer, poet, polymath and visionary thinker. The idea is his concept of art for the people, which inspired the nascent British socialist movement, influenced successive generations, and affects us still today.
"William Morris (1834–96) regarded beauty as a basic human birthright. In this fascinating book, which accompanies a major exhibition, Morris’s biographer Fiona MacCarthy looks at how his highly original and generous vision of a new form of society in which art could flourish has reverberated through the decades."
The above is an excerpt from a review published by the National Portrait Gallery where the major Morris exhibition took place in 2014.