Witness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law

Witness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law

by E. P. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521469775

ISBN-13: 9780521469777

Pub. Date: 10/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

E. P. Thompson's long-awaited book on William Blake was published shortly after the historian's death in August 1993. Acclaimed as one of his best and most deeply felt works, it appears now for the first time in paperback. Written with a vivid passion, and bearing the marks of Thompson's lifelong struggle against authoritarian and anti-humanitarian politics both at

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E. P. Thompson's long-awaited book on William Blake was published shortly after the historian's death in August 1993. Acclaimed as one of his best and most deeply felt works, it appears now for the first time in paperback. Written with a vivid passion, and bearing the marks of Thompson's lifelong struggle against authoritarian and anti-humanitarian politics both at the level of the individual and of the state, Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law is a profound enquiry into the structure of Blake's thought and the character of his sensibility. Its qualities are among those which place Thompson himself in the same tradition of dissenting values and non-conforming radicalism represented by Blake some two hundred years earlier.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521469777
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Edition description:
New
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Christopher Hill; Introduction; Part I. Inheritance: 1. Works or faith?; 2. Antinomianisms; 3. The 'Ranting' impulse; 4. The polite witness; 5. Radical dissent; 6. A peculiar people; 7. Anti-hegemony; Appendix 1. The Muggletonian archive; Appendix 2. William Blake's mother; Part II. Human Images: Introduction; 8. The new Jerusalem Church; 9. 'The Divine Image'; 10. From innocence to experience; 11. 'London'; 12. 'The Human Abstract'; 13. Conclusion.

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