The Story of the Glittering Plain

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author = William Morris
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
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genre = Fantasy novel
publisher = Kelmscott Press
release_date = 1891
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media_type = Print (Hardback)
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"The Story of the Glittering Plain" is an 1891 fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. [L. Sprague de Camp, "Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy", p 40 ISBN 0-87054-076-9] His earlier fantasies "The House of the Wolfings" and "The Roots of the Mountains" were to some degree historical novels. Morris would go on to develop the new genre established in this work in such later fantasies as "Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair", "The Wood Beyond the World", "The Well at the World's End", and "The Water of the Wondrous Isles". [L. Sprague de Camp, "Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy", p 42-5 ISBN 0-87054-076-9] It is also important for its exploration of the socialist themes that interested Morris. Its groundbreaking significance was recognized by its republication (as "The Glittering Plain") by the Newcastle Publishing Company as the first volume of the celebrated Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library in September, 1973.

Plot introduction

The book concerns the quest of Hallblithe of the House of the Raven to rescue his fiance the Hostage, who has been kidnapped by pirates, which ultimately takes him to the utopian Land of the Glittering Plain, also known as the Land of the Living Men, whose inhabitants are supposedly immortal.


The copyright for this story has expired in the United States, and thus now resides in the public domain there. The text is available via Project Gutenberg.


External links

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