Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.
(1822-1894) UK author, biographer, editor, critic and academic who was professor of literature at University College, London, 1865-1889. He wrote for and contributed to Charles Dickens's Household Words and All the Year Round. Morley is perhaps best remembered as editor of two popular literature series, Morley's Universal Library (1883-1885) for George Routledge and Sons and Cassell's National Library (1886-1890) for Cassell. The former included two Omnibus volumes of Proto SF interest: Voltaire's Candide or the Optimist and Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson (anth/omni 1884), which ran to at least three editions, and Ideal Commonwealths (anth/omni 1885) [for details see Checklist below], the latter assembly of Utopias including Morley's own cut translation of The City of the Sun (1623) by Tommaso Campanella. [DRL]
born Hatton Garden, Holborn [ie London]: 15 September 1822
died Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight: 14 May 1894
works as editor (highly selected)
- Voltaire's Candide or the Optimist and Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson (London: George Routledge and Sons, 1884) [anth/omni of the indicated titles by Samuel Johnson and Voltaire: in the publisher's Morley's Universal Library series: hb/]
- Ideal Commonwealths (London: George Routledge and Sons, 1885) [anth/omni: contents include Thomas More's Utopia (1516; trans 1551), Francis Bacon's New Atlantis (1626) and Tommaso Campanella's The City of the Sun (1623; cut trans by Morley for this edition): in the publisher's Morley's Universal Library series: hb/]
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