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The Life of William Blake
Classic 1863 biography — largely credited with rescuing the great English poet and painter from oblivion — offers sensitive discussions of Blake's childhood, years as an engraver's apprentice, relations with patrons and employers, trial for treason, declining health, and untimely death.Includes critical commentary on the artist's boyhood poems. Over 40 Blake illustrations....more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published June 13th 2012 by Dover Publications
(first published June 1st 2006)
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Nov 30, 2008 James rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Blake lovers.
Primarily written mid 19th century to familiarize readers with Blake and dispel rumors of his insanity, Gilchrist's carefully researched biography draws from interviews and correspondence to draw a vivid picture of Blake the man. Originally accompanied by an edition of Blake's poetry heavily edited by Dante Gabriel Rosetti.