A Dream of John Ball

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A historical socialist fantasy by W. Morris, published in 1888. It takes the form of a dream in which the narrator is carried back to the early stages of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381; he encounters the ‘hedge‐priest’ John Ball, and in their final night‐long dialogue Morris both satirizes the 19th‐cent. present and offers hope for a future.

Subjects: Literature.

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William Morris (1834—1896) designer, author, and visionary socialist