The Cambridge Companion to William Blake / Edition 1

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Overview

A poet, painter, and engraver, William Blake died in 1827 in obscurity. Yet he has become one of the most anthologized writers in English and one of the most collected British artists. His urge to create masterpieces of revelation has left complex (and sometimes bizarre) works of written and visual art. The essays in this Companion and a chronology, guides to further reading, and glossary of Blake's terms identify the key points of departure into Blake's diverse world.
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"Like other volumes in the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series, this collection of essays is designed to be useful for a broad academic audience. It maintains the normally high standards of editing, writing, and scholarship that characterize the series. Highly recommended." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521786775
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/23/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Morris Eaves is Professor of English at the University of Rochester, New York and author of several books and articles on William Blake.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Chronology
1 Introduction: to paradise the hard way 1
2 William Blake and his circle 19
3 Illuminated printing 37
4 Blake's language in poetic form 63
5 Blake as a painter 85
6 The political aesthetic of Blake's images 110
7 Blake's politics in history 133
8 Blake and religion 150
9 Blake and Romanticism 169
10 Blake's early works 191
11 From America to The Four Zoas 210
12 Milton and its contexts 231
13 Jerusalem and Blake's final works 251
A glossary of terms, names, and concepts in Blake 272
Guide to further reading 288
Seeing Blake's art in person 294
Index 296
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