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William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision

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The secret and mystical sexual practices at the heart of William Blake’s creative and spiritual life

• Reveals newly discovered family documents connecting Blake’s mother and Blake himself to Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation

• Shows Blake had access to kabbalistic and tantric techniques of psychoerotic
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Inner Traditions
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Mimi Wolske
While this book investigated the radical psychosexual practices and the erotic and visionary experiments that fueled much of Blake's creative life, does it add to the already enormous amount of critical literature and commentary that has grown around Blake? Being enlightened and enjoying "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" in an honors high school course, my dangerously expanded mind was thoroughly blown with Blake's carnal theosophy, raging humor, and imaginable fire in his poetry and art. So, wh ...more
Mary Overton
Name-dropper's guide to the Swedenborgian/alchemical/kabbalistic hypnotists & occultist crazies of the late 1700s. Sloppy research but highly entertaining and a great backdrop for reading Blake. Most names dropped are prefaced with "Blake might have ... could have ... maybe encountered ... possibly met ... probably read ..." Sensationalism pretending to be serious academic work. Still, the book has its moments.
"Despite their efforts to recover biographical facts about Blake, none of his nine
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Bob
Jul 30, 2008 Bob rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I think I did learn more about the influences on Blake's thought. Anything that can help explicate his prophetic books is a good thing! However, it somehow seemed that Blake was less the focus of the book (especially in the first half) than the chronological minutiae of the Moravians, Swedenborgians, Kabbalists and Tantrics during the late 1700's/early 1800's. Not that the info was bad. A chart of the characters on one or two pages might have helped to keep track of them all.

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D.S. West
The suppositions Schuchard makes are far-fetched at times, but I suppose that's inevitable at this point when you're publishing on a much-researched and prominent figure like Blake. Simple put, Schuchard's research is so thorough, I'm pretty sure she's a supercomputer. How could anyone ever put a book like this together? Even if some of the claims are a little unfounded, her book does an EXCELLENT job of painting Blake's bizarre religious, artistic, and countercultural milieu.
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