William Morris: The Well at the World's End

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Published in 1896, The Well at the World's End is the longest of the remarkable series of eight prose romances that William Morris produced in the last decade of his life. Its plot is complex, but the psychology of its characters is even more complex. Though Morris's The Water of the Wondrous Isles (1897) relies more on medieval ideas about Courtly Love than does The Well at the World's End, the latter book is arguably the more chivalric, for at its center are the adventurous wanderings of a knight errant through a forest and wasteland where the marvelous may intrude on everyday life. Its hero, the prince Ralph of Upmeads, is engaged in a dual quest to rescue a maiden and find the Well at the World's End, a …

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Boenig, Robert. "The Well at the World's End". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 July 2007
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