Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake

Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake

by Leo Damrosch


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ISBN-13: 9780300223644
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 314,092
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Leo Damrosch is Research Professor of Literature, Harvard University. His previous books include Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography. He lives in Newton, MA.


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

September 14, 1941

Place of Birth:

Manila, Philippines


B.A., Yale University, 1963; M.A. Cambridge University, 1966; Ph.D., Princeton University, 1968

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Working Artist 7

2 How Should We Understand Blake's Symbols? 39

3 Innocence 50

4 Experience 67

5 Revolution 96

6 Atoms and Visionary Insight 120

7 "The Gate Is Open" 128

8 Understanding Blake's Myth 139

9 The Zoas and Ourselves 155

10 The Prophetic Call 163

11 Breakthrough to Apocalypse 182

12 "The Torments of Love and Jealousy" 195

13 The Female Will 212

14 Wrestling with God 235

15 The Traveler in the Evening 258

Chronology 273

List of Short Titles 277

Notes 279

Illustration Credits 305

Index 311


Praise for Leo Damrosch’s Jonathan Swift: His Life and World

“This will be the definitive life of Swift for years to come.”—Jonathan Bate, New Statesman

“Superb. . . . Damrosch’s outstanding book has raised Swift’s provocative genius to life. . . . Damrosch has brought [Swift’s] vision into sharp focus and exposed its disquieting relevance.”—Jeffrey Collins, Wall Street Journal

“[A] commanding new biography. . . . Damrosch is gifted with a fluent style [and] sturdy sense of humor.”—John Simon, New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)

 “Damrosch tells this story . . . with great energy and elegantly worn erudition. He restores to Swift the dignity he deserves, reminding us that the really shocking things about him lie not in his life but in his work.”—Fintan O’Toole, New York Review of Books

“Leo Damrosch conjures up Jonathan Swift with hallucinatory vividness, allowing the contradictions of this baffling, elusive genius full rein. He recovers in rich detail the world in which Gulliver's Travels and other enduring masterpieces were created. This is a brilliant and humane biography.”—Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

 “A lively and pleasurable experience: vigorous, compassionate, occasionally pugnacious, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Damrosch’s book, and the centuries-old voices in it, are alive and talking to us.”—Laura Collins-Hughes, Boston Globe

  • Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
  • Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Plutarch Award
  • Named a Best Book of 2013 by the Daily Beast literary editor Lucas Wittmann

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