A biography of William Blake. Poet, painter, engraver, visionary, his was a radical spirit fired by genius. The book presents Blake in the context of his period: we see him caught up in the Gordon Riots, excited by the French Revolution and attracted by various forms of spiritual radicalism and sexual magic. Peter Ackroyd has also written "Dickens ...
A biography of William Blake. Poet, painter, engraver, visionary, his was a radical spirit fired by genius. The book presents Blake in the context of his period: we see him caught up in the Gordon Riots, excited by the French Revolution and attracted by various forms of spiritual radicalism and sexual magic. Peter Ackroyd has also written "Dickens", a biography of Charles Dickens.
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Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 399 p. Contains: Illustrations.
Fine in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Copy in black cloth on boards in unclipped D/J. Jacket slightly creased along edges. Coloured end papers. Free of inscriptions. Clean text with colour and b/w plates.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-02-26 Published to rave reviews in England, Ackroyd's moving and luminous biography of William Blake (1757-1827) serves as an ideal point of entry into the poet and artist's visionary world. Withdrawn, secretive, detached from ordinary affairs, Blake, a London hosier's son, began having mystical visions around age eight and came to see his life as a revelation of eternity. While eking out a living as an engraver, he stripped away levels of conventional perception to create a universe of mythical figures, muses and angels, or prophets and bards who stand alone against the world. For Ackroyd, biographer of Dickens and T.S. Eliot, Blake's tragedy was that he had the capacity to become a great public and religious poet but instead turned in upon himself, gaining neither reputation nor influence in his lifetime. Combining meticulous scholarship with uncanny psychological insight, this marvelously illustrated biography (with color and b&w plates of Blake's paintings, drawings and engravings) presents him as a prescient social critic who, long before Freud, saw warfare as a form of repressed sexuality, and whose prophetic epic poems offer a cogent vision of humanity's spiritual renewal. BOMC selection. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1997-06-09 The British novelist's account of the life of the visionary poet and painter. (July)
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