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William Blake : a literary life /
John Beer.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2005.
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xi, 250 p. : ill.
ISBN
1403939543 (cloth)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2005.
isbn
1403939543 (cloth)
catalogue key
5557816
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-03-01:
When a distinguished scholar like Beer (Cambridge Univ.), who has devoted a lifetime to Blake, Romantic literature, and its scholarship, offers a literary biography of Blake, it catches one's immediate attention. And this life of Blake is everything one could hope for: a work of economy, fresh insights, and lucidity of organization and comment, the last especially remarkable given the difficulties one can experience with Blake's verse. This being a "literary" biography, neither Blake's art nor his daily life is central; accordingly, one still needs Peter Ackroyd's Blake (CH, May'97, 34-4906) as companion. Beer's close analysis of the Songs aptly suggests his procedure throughout: precise attention to verse and illuminating commentary that is neither self-indulgent nor arcane. The author deftly guides the reader through Milton, shows how the philosophy of Jerusalem "makes sense," centers Blake's high esteem among contemporaneous writers, and balances aspects of Blake's genius and oddity. He urges readers to see Blake's work as coherent in its difficulties and its grand achievements. Nonspecialists can read this biography as an entry to Blake; those of advanced proficiency will benefit equally. The volume closes with black-and-white plates and notes. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. B. E. McCarthy emeritus, College of the Holy Cross
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"Professor John Beer's new book combines illuminating and fresh discussions of Blake's life and work with astute commentary on the visual materials. Tracing Blake's religious background from early childhood onwards, Beer presents a clear and highly readable account of the spiritual richness and complexity of his mature poetry. We also learn a lot about the world of fellow-artists, patrons and publishers in which Blake moved, including surprising glimpses of the visionary poet's forthright business dealings. Towards the end of the book Beer musters a moving series of contemporaries' impressions of Blake, some of which will be new to readers."--Deirdre Coleman, University of Sydney
'Professor John Beer's new book combines illuminating and fresh discussions of Blake's life and work with astute commentary on the visual materials. Tracing Blake's religious background from early childhood onwards, Beer presents a clear and highly readable account of the spiritual richness and complexity of his mature poetry. We also learn a lot about the world of fellow-artists, patrons and publishers in which Blake moved, including surprising glimpses of the visionary poet's forthright business dealings. Towards the end of the book Beer musters a moving series of contemporaries' impressions of Blake, some of which will be new to readers.' - Professor Deirdre Coleman, University of Sydney, Australia 'A continual source of stimulus...Beer conveys readable information about Blake's life, retelling some famous and less well-known anecdotes with a quiet power...he carries his immense and up-to-date scholarship lightly.. a fine book.'- Times Literary Supplement '...Beer shows himself to be among the most astute readers of Blake's poetry...Part of a biographer's task is to get the reader to know his or her subject as a person and not merely as a poet or an artist or an historical figure. This John Beer had done admirably.' - Morton D. Paley,The Wordsworth Circle
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This accessible guide shows the way into Blake's life by way of his writings and the symbolism in his art and sheds new light on his religious background. 23 of his visual works are also included with critical analysis.
Description for Bookstore
Covering Blake's early career, his major works (such asSongs of Innocence and of Experience) and his work as a visual artist, this new study is a must for all Blake scholars and enthusiasts. Recent discoveries concerning Blake's forebears and their religion make this new study additionally timely.
Long Description
Covering Blake's early career, his major works (such as "Songs of Innocence and of Experience") and his work as a visual artist, this new study is a must for all Blake scholars and enthusiasts. Recent discoveries concerning Blake's forebears and their religion make this new study additionally timely.
Long Description
Covering Blake's early career, his major works (such as "Songs of Innocence and of Experience) and his work as a visual artist, this new study is a must for all Blake scholars and enthusiasts. Recent discoveries concerning Blake's forebears and their religion make this new study additionally timely.
Main Description
Covering Blake's early career, his major works (such as Songs of Innocence and of Experience ) and his work as a visual artist, this new study is a must for all Blake scholars and enthusiasts. Recent discoveries concerning Blake's forebears and their religion make this new study additionally timely.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Rescuing the Human Spiritp. 1
Traces of Tradition?p. 16
Through Satire to Innocencep. 29
Love, Marriage and Sexual Lorep. 41
Finding a Voice for Experiencep. 53
The Challenge of Energyp. 69
Thinking Allegorically, Imaging Symbolicallyp. 87
'Vala' and the Fate of Narrative Epicp. 109
'A Slumber on the banks of the Ocean'p. 122
Fragmentary Modes of Epicp. 139
Years of Resentment, Hints of Paradoxp. 159
A Persisting Visionaryp. 177
Prophetic Afterlifep. 206
Notesp. 221
Select Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 237
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