The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris

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Kyle Stubbs February 16, 2013 Art History The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris The sensational romances of William Morris are among the most important early works in the evolution of the fantasy genre and The Wood Beyond the World is one of his remarkable tales of love. William Morris' story, The Wood Beyond the World is very short and simply told; it's barely 260 pages. Morris considered his fantasies a reinvention of the medieval tradition of chivalry. Morris' Kelmscott press published in 1894. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was valued by its republication by Ballantine books as the third volume of the celebrated. Morris' Kellmscott press first published the hardcover in 1894. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its republication by Ballantine books as the third volume of the celebrated. The story is about a man driven from his home due to an unhappy marriage, With his father’s permission he leaves Langton, wishing to escape his wife but also desiring to see other lands and experience new adventures. When Walter attempts to return home for revenge when he receives word that his wife’s relatives have killed his father, his ship is thrown off course to a deserted region. He makes his way into a primitive forest, the wood beyond the world. Walter comes to the castle of an enchantress, from which he rescues a captive maiden in a heartrending adventure. They emerge through a zone inhabited by giants. Eventually reaching a city whose custom is to take as ruler when the throne is vacant the next foreigner to arrive. The late king having died, Walter and his new love are hailed as the new monarchs, and presumably live happily ever after. Morris’ work has influenced the history of modern art by how his involvement with paranormal magic and memorable monsters has opened your mind to

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