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The Life of William Blake
One of the greatest Victorian-era biographies, Alexander Gilchrist's The Life of William Blake plays a key role in the history of Blake's work and its influence on other writers and artists. The first standard text on Blake and a cornerstone of the extensive scholarship on his life and work, it not only delivered its subject from unjust obscurity but also dispelled the not ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 17th 2017 by Dover Publications
(first published June 1st 2006)
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I am not sure I needed to read this because I had already read 100 other biographies and articles about Blake. I was doing an author portfolio on him and so many of my sources referenced this book and I have an obsessive personality, so I felt compelled to read every word ever written about William Blake and to chase down every cross reference. I don't actually like poetry very much, but I was intrigued by Blake's life and ideas and I have been so immersed in him for 10 weeks that he feels like ...more
Nov 30, 2008 James rated it it was amazing · 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.