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Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.' - William Morris lecture, 'The Beauty of Life', 1880. William Morris (1834-96) regarded beauty as a basic human birthright. In this fascinating book, which accompanies the exhibition, Morris's biographer Fiona MacCarthy looks at how his highly original and generous vision of a new form of society in which art could flourish has reverberated through the decades.