William Blake: A Literary Life by J. BeerWilliam Blake: A Literary Life by J. Beer

William Blake: A Literary Life

byJ. Beer

Paperback | August 2, 2005

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This volume on Blake follows the writer's life and combines biography and critical analysis. Covering Blake's early career, his major works and his work as a visual artist, this new study will be a must for all Blake scholars and enthusiasts. Recent discoveries concerning Blake's forebears and their religion make this new study additionally timely.
John Beer is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse. His work on Romanticism includes Coleridge the Visionary, Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence, Blake's Humanism, Blake's Visionary Universe, Wordsworth and the Human Heart, Wordsworth in Time, Questioning Romanticism (ed.), Romantic Inf...
Title:William Blake: A Literary LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.56 inPublished:August 2, 2005Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023054682X

ISBN - 13:9780230546820


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Abbreviations Preface Rescuing the Human Spirit Traces of Tradition? Through Satire to Innocence Love, Marriage and Sexual Lore Finding a Voice for Experience The Challenge of Energy Thinking Allegorically, Imagining Symbolically 'Vala' and the Fate of Narrative 'A Slumber on the Banks of the Ocean' Fragmentary Modes of Epic Years of Resentment, Hints of Paradox A Persisting Visionary Prophetic Afterlife Notes Select Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

'Professor John Beer's new book combines illuminating and fresh discussions of Blake's life and work with astute commentary on the visual materials. Tracing Blake's religious background from early childhood onwards, Beer presents a clear and highly readable account of the spiritual richness and complexity of his mature poetry. We also learn a lot about the world of fellow-artists, patrons and publishers in which Blake moved, including surprising glimpses of the visionary poet's forthright business dealings. Towards the end of the book Beer musters a moving series of contemporaries' impressions of Blake, some of which will be new to readers.' - Professor Deirdre Coleman, University of Sydney, Australia'A continual source of stimulus...Beer conveys readable information about Blake's life, retelling some famous and less well-known anecdotes with a quiet power...he carries his immense and up-to-date scholarship lightly.. a fine book.' - Times Literary Supplement'...Beer shows himself to be among the most astute readers of Blake's poetry...Part of a biographer's task is to get the reader to know his or her subject as a person and not merely as a poet or an artist or an historical figure. This John Beer had done admirably.' - Morton D. Paley, The Wordsworth Circle