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The two expeditions to Iceland that William Morris made in 1871 and 1873 have long been recognised as significant events in his life, and as such, examined from various perspectives. Less is known about the three visits that May Morris made, in 1924, 1926 and 1931, respectively. As was the case with her father, Iceland had a place in May‘s imagination for a long time before she set foot herself on the North Atlantic island. Once there, she built up a wide network of friends and acquaintances, and engaged on a deep level with the country‘s medieval literary inheritance and landscapes. In this talk, I will outline something of the background of May‘s travels to Iceland, and attempt to give an impression of what she did and how she felt in Iceland – a place that she made her own, together with her partner Mary Lobb.

Emily Lethbridge is Associate Research Professor at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík. She works on medieval Icelandic literature and its transmission, and on travel writing about Iceland and Icelandic cultural landscapes.

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