The Life of William Blake

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Courier Corporation, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 533 pages
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This classic biography - originally published in 1863 - was the first full-length study of Blake. The author offers thoughtful critical commentary on the poets works, from his childhood poetry to such later masterpieces as "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Book of Urizen, Inventions to the Book of Job" and many more. The book covers the facts of Blake's life: his childhood, years as an engraver's apprentice and student life, relationships with patrons and employers, his trial for treason, his "madness, " neglect by the public, declining health and ultimately death.

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A seminal figure in both the literature and the visual arts of the Romantic age, William Blake (1757–1827) dwelt his entire life in London, where he made his living as an engraver. The visionary poet and painter, whose art was misunderstood and overlooked during his lifetime, created intensely spiritual works informed by his strong philosophical and religious beliefs.

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