Art historian Douglas Skeggs discusses Morris as English textile designer,socialist activist, novelist, and poet. Known for his erratic behavior, he was nicknamed "Topsy," by friends and fellow artists and designers: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones and the architect Phillip Webb. Showcased are the building and decorating of Red House, and his development of Morris and Company. Known for his designs of wallpaper, furniture, fabrics, tapestries and stained glass windows, he brought a rare charm and symmetry to all he did. He sought to reshape not only the visuals of the age, but the politics as well with the socialist movement. His writing propagated the modern fantasy fiction movement. Dynamic, wild his work became the hallmark of the homes of the bourgeoisie. Morris's influences extend into the modern era, this is an intriguing view for anyone interesting in Victorian culture, home decor, art or fantasy fiction.