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Riassunto: The rich, interwoven tapestry of William Morris' four volume epic, "The Well at the World's End", is brought together in a handsome edition featuring the tale of Ralph of Upmeads. Literally and figuratively, this story is the wellspring that gave rise to both C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia", and J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings". Many elements of the story will be familiar to those who love these and other modern narratives of fantasy and adventure, set in a mythical world. Ralph of Upmeads is the fourth and youngest son of the king of a small monarchy, and the only one forbidden of his elder brothers from going in search of his fortune. He runs away, but not before his godmother gives him a necklace with a bead on it, which unerringly directs his destiny to seek out the legendary and titular well at the end of the earth. Along the way, he encounters friends and foes in an ever-changing landscape of rolling hills and barren wood, towering mountains and meandering rivers. Through them all pass roads down which many heroes since have sojourned; united in fellowship, or alone on solitary quests. Great and splendorous cities await, and in between, thriving towns, tiny villages, and protective farms at the edge of vast wildernesses. The further our intrepid wayfarer gets from home, the more he misses the simple pleasures of his hearth, table and bed. Many have followed in his footsteps since, both character and reader alike. Its language is that of another age, but its archetypical settings and denizens are the timeless stuff of once and future legend.

About the Author: William Morris was a poet, critic and artist whose love of all things medieval influenced his anachronistic distaste for all things modern. Born in Walthamstow, England on 24 March, 1834 to a life of temperamental ease and indulgence, a predisposition that would define his mood and behavior the remainder of his life, he was an omnivoracious reader who abstained from the general life at his colleges of Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford. In 1856, he apprenticed to revival architect G.E. Street, and founded the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, to publish his poetry and provide a soapbox for his views on design and craftsmanship. In 1861, he joined with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti to profoundly influence the decoration of churches, well into the early 20th century. He became known as much for his stained glass windows, as his textile designs, embroidery and the formation of the Kelmscott Press. Applying the methods of book production prevalent in the Renaissance, it became the most famous of the private press of the Arts and Craft movement. In his later years, he translated Icelandic sagas, medieval and classical works, before devoting the last nine years of his life to writing the fantasy prose for which he is best remembered. He died on 3 October, 1896, and was buried in the family plot at Kelmscott, England.

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