William Morris: The Sundering Flood

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William Morris was writing The Sundering Flood during the final months of his life. It is his last work, with a title fitting his departure from creative activity. The book was first published a little over a year after his death, in November 1897, by the Kelmscott Press, the small art press he had founded six years earlier. Morris had been in failing health from the end of 1894; accounts of his illness differ, but it appears that both diabetes and perhaps tuberculosis contributed to his early death at age 62. That he ever finished The Sundering Flood is remarkable, for he had been growing increasingly weak, dictating the last pages to his secretary Sidney Cockerell. Morris finished the book on 27 August 1896, a little …

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Boenig, Robert. "The Sundering Flood". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2007
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