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News From Nowhere

William Morris (1834-1896)

1. 01 - Chapter 1, Discussion and Bed
2. 02 - Chapter 2, A Morning Bath
3. 03 - Chapter 3, The Guest House and Breakfast Therein
4. 04 - Chapter 4, A Market By the Way
5. 05 - Chapter 5, Children on the Road
6. 06 - Chapter 6, A Little Shopping
7. 07 - Chapter 7, Trafalgar Square
8. 08 - Chapter 8, An Old Friend
9. 09 - Chapter 9, Concerning Love
10. 10 - Chapter 10, Questions and Answers
11. 11 - Chapter 11, Concerning Government
12. 12 - Chapter 12, Concerning the Arrangement of Life
13. 13 - Chapter 13, Concerning Politics and Chapter 14, How Matters Are Arranged
14. 14 - Chapter 15, On the Lack of Incentive to Labour in a Communist Society
15. 15 - Chapter 16, Dinner in the Hall of Bloomsbury Market
16. 16 - Chapter 17, Part 1, How the Change Came
17. 17 - Chapter 17, Part 2, How the Change Came
18. 18 - Chapter 18, The Beginning of the New Life
19. 19 - Chapter 19, The Drive Back to Hammersmith
20. 20 - Chapter 20, The Hammersmith Guest House Again, and Chapter 21, Going Up the River
21. 21 - Chapter 22, Hampton Court and a Praiser of Past Times
22. 22 - Chapter 23, An Early Morning By Runnymede
23. 23 - Chapter 24, Up the Thames: The Second Day
24. 24 - Chapter 25, The Third Day on the Thames
25. 25 - Chapter 26, The Obstinate Refusers
26. 26 - Chapter 27, The Upper Waters
27. 27 - Chapter 28, The Little River
28. 28 - Chapter 29, A Resting-Place on the Upper Thames
29. 29 - Chapter 30, The Journey's End
30. 30 - Chapter 31, An Old House Amongst New Folk
31. 31 - Chapter 32, The Feast's Beginning - The End

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Summary

News from Nowhere (1890) is a classic work combining utopian socialism and soft science fiction written by the artist, designer and socialist pioneer William Morris. In the book, the narrator, William Guest, falls asleep after returning from a meeting of the Socialist League and awakes to find himself in a future society based on common ownership and democratic control of the means of production. In this society there is no private property, no big cities, no authority, no monetary system, no divorce, no courts, no prisons, and no class systems. This agrarian society functions simply because the people find pleasure in nature, and therefore they find pleasure in their work. In the novel, Morris tackles one of the most common criticisms of socialism; the supposed lack of incentive to work in a communistic society. Morris' response is that all work should be creative and pleasurable.