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Blake's illuminated books
Blake, William, 1757-1827.
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Blake's illuminated books
Paperback edition.
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Princeton, N.J. : William Blake Trust/Princeton University Press, published with the assistance of the Getty Grant Foundation, 1998.
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6 volumes : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 30 cm
v. 1. Jerusalem : the emanation of the giant Albion / edited with an introduction and notes by Morton D. Paley -- v. 2. Songs of innocence and of experience / edited with an introduction and notes by Andrew Lincoln -- v. 3. The early illuminated books : All are one; There is no natural religion; The book of Thel; The marriage of Heaven and Hell; Visions of the daughters of Albion / edited with introductions and notes by Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, Joseph Viscomi -- v. 4. The continental prophecies : America, a prophecy; Europe, a prophecy; The song of Los / edited with introductions and notes by D.W. Dörrbecker -- v. 5. Milton a poem and the Final illuminated works : The ghost of Abel; On Homers poetry (and) On Virgil; Laocoön / edited with introductions and notes by Robert N. Essick and Joseph Viscomi -- v. 6. The Urizen books : The first book of Urizen; The book of Ahania; The book of Los / edited with introductions and notes by David Worrall.
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Songs of innocence and of experience.

Early illuminated books.

Continental prophecies.

Milton a poem.

Urizen books.





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The nature of William Blake's genius and of his art is most completely expressed in his Illuminated books. In order to give full and free expression to his vision Blake invented a method of printing that enabled him to create works in which words and images combine to form pages uniquely rich in content and beautiful in form. It is only through the pages as originally conceived and published by the poet himself that Blake's meaning can be fully experienced.

Author Notes

William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver.

Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination.

Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time.

Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger.

Blake died in London in 1827.

(Bowker Author Biography)