Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake

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For this new edition, the text has been revised and corrected in accordance with the principles of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye series. Frye's original annotation has been supplemented with references to currently standard editions of Blake and others, and many new notes have been provided, identifying quotations, allusions, and cultural references. An introduction by Ian Singer provides biographical and critical context for the book, an overview of its contents, and an account of its reception.
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Editorial Reviews

The Spectator
A magnificent, extraordinary book. . . . Several great poets have written of Blake, but this book is the first to show the full magnitude of Blake's mind.
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"A magnificent, extraordinary book. . . . Several great poets have written of Blake, but this book is the first to show the full magnitude of Blake's mind."The Spectator
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691012919
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1969
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 701,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was one of the twentieth century's most influential English scholars and literary critics. Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria University in the University of Toronto from 1939 until his death. His works include Words with Power and Anatomy of Criticism.
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Table of Contents

Note on the citation of Blake's works
Frye's dedication 3
Pt. 1 The argument 9
Ch. 1 The case against Locke 11
Ch. 2 The rising god 37
Ch. 3 Beyond good and evil 61
Ch. 4 A literalist of the imagination 90
Ch. 5 The world within the word 112
Pt. 2 The development of the symbolism 149
Ch. 6 Tradition and experiment 151
Ch. 7 The thief of fire 189
Ch. 8 The refiner in fire 227
Ch. 9 The nightmare with her ninefold 266
Pt. 3 The final synthesis 305
Ch. 10 Comus Agonistes 307
Ch. 11 The city of God 347
Ch. 12 The burden of the valley of vision 392
General note : Blake's mysticism 415
Editor's App. A Preface to the Beacon Press edition 419
Editor's App. B Preface to the Italian translation 421
Editor's App. C Frye's shorter writings on Blake 423
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