Letter: William Morris sadly neglected

Sir: Last week I attended a five-day study course organised by Birmingham University on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. I was sadly dismayed on my party's visit to Kelmscott churchyard to see the dilapidation of the great Victorian's memorial.

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Sir: Certainly William Morris "wanted to integrate the city with the country", as you state in "Art lessons for New Labour", but his backwards- looking dream of a romantic medievalism coupled with the less useful part of the Arts and Crafts movement only gave us suburbia, those long miles of bypass, and Tudorbethan ribbon developments throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

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Letter: How Ruskin saw Morris

Tim Hilton suggests that William Morris's politics "are not only irrelevant but objectionable". In fact Morris was a revolutionary socialist who argued that art could only be fulfilled in a society based on human need rather than profit. This explains why the Tories who run the Post Office prefer a stamp of Muffin the Mule to William Morris.

Letter: William Morris's socialist dream

Sir: A pity Jonathan Glancey (Weekend, 4 May) revives the old right-wing myth that William Morris wasn't a Marxist. From his later writings and actions it is quite clear he believed his dream could only be realised through replacing capitalism by socialism, and that this meant mass struggle against those holding wealth and power.

Letter: Favourite sons

Sir: In response to the raging debate (Letters, 24 April) about Walthamstow's most illustrious offspring, neither William Morris nor William Penn is in the running. Anyone on Walthamstow High Street could tell you that Walthamstow's most famous sons are the pop band East 17.

LETTER: Penn's place

Sir: In "Trails of the Unexpected" (20 April), I read: "October 1996 marks the centenary of the death of Walthamstow's most famous son, poet, artist, designer, socialist and much else besides, William Morris."

LETTER : Freethought

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