The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: In Full Color

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Courier Corporation, 1994 - Art - 43 pages
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Once regarded as a brilliant eccentric whose works skirted the outer fringes of English art and literature, William Blake (1757-1827) is today recognized as a major poet, a profound thinker, and one of the most original and exciting English artists. Nowhere is his glorious poetic and pictorial legacy more evident than in "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, " which many consider his most inspired and original work.
"The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" is both a humorous satire on religion and morality and a work that concisely expresses Blake's essential wisdom and philosophy, much of it revealed in the 70 aphorisms of his "Proverbs of Hell." This beautiful edition, reproduced from a rare facsimile, invites readers to enjoy the rich character of Blake's own hand-printed text along with his deeply stirring illustrations, reproduced on 27 full-color plates. A typeset transcription of the text is included.
Dover (1994) republication of plates from a facsimile of the 1794 edition published by Trianon Press, Jura, France, 1960.


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A pivotal insight into Blake! - Goodreads
Plot: Another guy goes to hell. - Goodreads
His writing style is flowery and vague. - Goodreads
It's such a revealing writing, its overwhelming. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Roewoof - Goodreads

This was okay. I don't see William Blake as a philosopher, but more of a poet and artist. Some of his subject matter rubbed me the wrong way (he got the Greek philosophers wrong, and has some anti ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

One score and 3(?) years ago, my four fingers and opposable thumb wrought an almost unreadable essay on Wm Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Tonight, August 10, 2011, i went into my basement ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver. Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination. Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time. Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger. Blake died in London in 1827.

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