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Jerusalem!: The Real Life of William Blake

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‘Truly astonishing in its detail … this must be one of the most illuminating and enlightening biographies to date.’ Michael Eavis cbe, Founder of the Glastonbury Festival

A brilliant new biography of the mystic poet and artist William Blake – and the first to explore his startlingly original quest for spiritual truth, as well as the profound lessons he has for us all
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Watkins Publishing (first published November 18th 2014)
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Joseph Spuckler
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jerusalem!: The Real Life of William Blake by Tobias Churton is a biography and a deep look at William Blake. Churton is a filmmaker who studied theology at Oxford. His documentaries include "The Gnostics" and "A Mighty Good Man," a biography of Elias Ashmole. He is currently a lecturer on Freemasonry the Exter Centre for the Study of Esotericism, Exter University.

I started this book with the hope of learning more about William Blake, whose works, I admit, are limited to Songs of Innocence and
Aria Ligi
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is by far the best biography I have read of Blake, next only to Bentley's Stranger from Paradise. It is well researched, takes into account all the previous biographer's such as: Ackroyd, Bentley, Gilchrist, Tatham, Erdman and Schuchard, but never with the snarky tone that Ackroyd often employs. Churton while praising Blake, questions certain stories, (such as Blake's often repeated story of seeing Angels in a tree or his 'good death' and how he died like an angel, who was there ...more
Cooper Renner
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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I quit after 100 pages or so. Too much lit crit, not enough biography.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Matthew 18:3
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Iconoclasm is the destruction of religious icons and other images or monuments for religious or political motives.

Churton digs deep here.

A Mystic,Iconoclast,Gnostic,Heretic (?),Christian...
And of course,a Visionary.

A true individual.
Are we altogether:
God fragment'd?
Shouldn't we all be that,to see The Kingdom clearly?
(like children).

Not your normal,straight-forward
Andy Nieradko
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tobias Churton has written a very well researched, scholarly study of the life and art of William Blake. One of the main contributions of this book will be in setting the record straight regarding all the myths and misinformed biographies regarding Blake. If you love the artist, you'll probably love this book. Much thought and insight is given to the mindset and motivations that went into the creation of Will's art. I found the history of his life, times, and personal relationships to be a bit ...more
I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher. I was hoping for a biography that would be useful as a possible companion text to sample from in a literature class alongside Blake's poems. I was somewhat underwhelmed. I struggled with the flow and voice of this book. I found it dry (even by nonfiction,biography standards), and it felt choppy. It read to me more as reading notes than a completed biography. I think this would be a fascinating read for true Blake-ophiles and/or Blake ...more
Jan 20, 2015 added it
Thank you to Watkins Publishing and Netgally for the Arc! I have to say that I struggled to complete this book. The writing is excellent, but I think I anticipated more straight biography and less critical analysis. I like critical analysis, but to appreciate/understand all of it, I would have needed a much better understanding of Blake and his work than I had going in, which is partly why I decided to read a Blake biography in the first place.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Very good use of recent discoveries concerning Blake's mother, but did not feel that Blake himself was shown in relation to society and culture of his time. Good illustrations, although could have used more.
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Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine "Freemasonry Today". He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book The Gnostics, as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore, such as "A Mighty Good Man" (2002), a documentary on Elias Ashmole, his religious ideas and ...more