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William Blake (1) [1757–1827]

This page covers the author of Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

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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)
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience 3,580 copies, 29 reviews
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1,233 copies, 15 reviews
The Portable Blake 602 copies, 4 reviews
Songs of Innocence 569 copies, 8 reviews
Songs of Experience 343 copies, 5 reviews
Poems and Prophecies 225 copies, 2 reviews
Milton 205 copies, 3 reviews
The Works of William Blake 158 copies, 2 reviews
The Tyger 91 copies, 4 reviews
Drawings of William Blake 69 copies, 1 review
Visioni 45 copies
America: A Prophecy 27 copies, 1 review
William Blake 20 copies
The Divine Comedy (Abridged) (Illustrator) 14 copies
The Four Zoas 9 copies
Blake 8 copies, 1 review
Notebook 6 copies
Tyger (Lyrics) 6 copies
The Sick Rose 4 copies, 1 review
32 poesie 4 copies
Chansons et mythes 4 copies, 1 review
Jerusalem 3 copies
El libro de Urizen 3 copies, 1 review
Tiriel 3 copies
The Little Black Boy 3 copies, 1 review
The Lamb 3 copies, 1 review
London {poem} 3 copies, 1 review
Blake Poetry 2 copies
Poetry 2 copies
POEMES 2 copies
Jersualem 1 copy
Eternity 1 copy
Engelen 1 copy
Thels Bog 1 copy
52 poesie 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Hasta Gül 1 copy
Oeuvres I 1 copy
night 1 copy, 1 review
Mrs. Q 1 copy
Paradise Lost [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor, some editions) 2,015 copies, 12 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 853 copies, 7 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Contributor) 575 copies, 7 reviews
English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (Contributor) 497 copies, 2 reviews
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (Contributor) 460 copies, 4 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 369 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 353 copies, 3 reviews
The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 324 copies, 1 review
Discourses on Art (Contributor, some editions) 197 copies, 1 review
Night Thoughts: Or, the Complaint and the Consolation (Illustrator, some editions) 185 copies, 5 reviews
The Erstwhile (Cover artist, some editions) 159 copies, 1 review
William Blake (Illustrator) 108 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 106 copies, 1 review
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (Contributor) 99 copies, 1 review
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 89 copies
Beastly Verse (Contributor) 69 copies, 7 reviews
A Golden Land (Contributor) 36 copies
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity (Illustrator, some editions) 25 copies
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (Contributor) 24 copies, 1 review
Original Stories From Real Life; with Conversations, Calculated To… (Illustrator, some editions) 20 copies, 1 review
AQA Anthology (Author, some editions) 18 copies
Classic Hymns & Carols (Contributor) 12 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
The Lamb [score] (Text) 6 copies
Poetry anthology (Contributor, some editions) 6 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
The chemical wedding (Illustrator) 4 copies, 1 review
English Romantic Poetry (Author) 1 copy
The 3-D Zone #11, April 1988 (Contributor) 1 copy

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