William Morris: The House of the Wolfings (2346 words)

Robert Boenig (Texas A&M University)
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The House of the Wolfings was the first of the remarkable prose romances William Morris wrote during the last eight years of his life. It was first published by Reeves & Turner in 1889, though the first thousand copies were released in December of 1888. The romance depicts a violent and ultimately victorious struggle of a tribe of Goths against the invading Romans. Not set in a purely imaginary world, it is strictly an historical novel rather than a fantasy story. It does, however, depict supernatural events; when Morris combined a medievalesque imaginary world with the marvelous, as he did with The Glittering Plain (1891), the third of his eight late prose romances, he bequeathed the essential form of the fantasy …

Citation: Boenig, Robert. "The House of the Wolfings". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 February 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=528, accessed 06 December 2021.]

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