Doughty and Wahl, Letters, vol. 1.◦
Boos, “Structure of Morris's
Many of the stories in The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine use the motif of dreaming, but this tale by William Morris has by
far the most complex narrative structure. Florence Boos argues that
“A Dream” anticipates Morris’s The Earthly Paradise, both thematically and structurally.
“A Dream” shares many of its themes with other tales in
the Magazine. It is set at some ambiguous moment in the past, and touches on
the themes of heroism and mysticism prevalent in “A Story of the
North” and “Gertha's Lovers”.
Dante Rossetti, who by March was regularly reading the Magazine, mentions
this story in a letter to William Allingham, calling it
“remarkable . . . in colour” (293).
First printed in
The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
, March, 1856.