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Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
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Sep 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
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Tracy Chevalier gives us an image of William Blake as he might have been viewed by his neighbors and friends in London of 1792. Three young people discover Blake's London through their encounter of him as their neighbor and his poems, London, and his collection: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. A brother and sister, Jem and Maizie Kelleway come with their parents to London. They are invited by the great Phillip Atley, circus manager, because their father is a furniture maker. They live next door to William Blake and his wife, Kate. Living close, as well, is Maggie, a worldly wise youngster whose parents scrabble for a living. All three are mentored by William Blake who allows them to satisfy their curiosity about his home, and printing press. He introduces them to London through his eyes and his poetry. He is a mild mannered super hero who helps them when they need it most. This is a charming book, that seems especially suitable for young audiences, and for those of us who enjoy another view of William Blake.
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