William Blake vs. the World

William Blake vs. the World

by John Higgs
William Blake vs. the World

William Blake vs. the World

by John Higgs



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A wild and unexpected journey through culture, science, philosophy and religion to better understand the mercurial genius of William Blake.

Poet, artist, and visionary, William Blake is an archetypal misunderstood genius. His life passed without recognition and he worked without reward, often mocked, dismissed and misinterpreted. Yet from his ignoble end in a pauper's grave, Blake now occupies a unique position as an artist who unites and attracts people from all corners of society—a rare inclusive symbol of human identity.

Blake famously experienced visions, and it is these that shaped his attitude to politics, sex, religion, society, and art. Thanks to the work of neuroscientists and psychologists, we are now in a better position to understand what was happening inside that remarkable mind and gain a deeper appreciation of his brilliance. His timeless work, we will find, has never been more relevant.

In William Blake vs the World we return to a world of riots, revolutions, and radicals; discuss movements from the Levellers of the sixteenth century to the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s; and explore the latest discoveries in neurobiology, quantum physics, and comparative religion.

Taking the reader on a wild adventure into unfamiliar territory, John Higgs places the bewildering eccentricities of a most singular artist into fascinating context. And although the journey begins with us trying to understand him, we will ultimately discover that it is Blake who helps us to understand ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639361540
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

John Higgs is the author of William Blake vs the World (his first book to be published in America) as well as other books published in Britain. John lives in England.

Table of Contents

A Note on Quotations ix

1 The End of a Golden String 1

2 Twofold Always 13

3 I Come to Self Annihilation 29

4 Without Contraries is No Progression 51

5 The Tygers of Wrath 77

6 Conversed Not With Devils 103

7 Once, Only Imagin'd 125

8 Seek Love There 147

9 Their Forms Eternal Exist 171

10 Appeard as One Man 187

11 Green 3C Pleasant Land 203

12 When I Speak I Offend 219

13 My Wrath Did Grow 237

14 Altogether Hidden from the Corporeal Understanding 255

15 In Love with the Productions of Time 277

16 The Work of the Devil 297

17 Very Weak & an Old Man Feeble & Tottering 309

18 As a Man Is, So He Sees 325

Notes and Sources 347

Bibliography 369

Acknowledgements 373

Picture Credits 377

Index 379

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