Witness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law by E. P. ThompsonWitness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law by E. P. Thompson

Witness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law

byE. P. Thompson

Paperback | October 13, 1994

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E. P. Thompson's long-awaited book on William Blake was published shortly after the historian's death in August 1993. Acclaimed as one of his best and most deeply felt works, it appears now for the first time in paperback. Written with a vivid passion, and bearing the marks of Thompson's lifelong struggle against authoritarian and anti-humanitarian politics both at the level of the individual and of the state, Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law is a profound enquiry into the structure of Blake's thought and the character of his sensibility. Its qualities are among those which place Thompson himself in the same tradition of dissenting values and non-conforming radicalism represented by Blake some two hundred years earlier.

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Title:Witness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:October 13, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521469775

ISBN - 13:9780521469777

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Table of Contents

Foreword Christopher Hill; Introduction; Part I. Inheritance: 1. Works or faith?; 2. Antinomianisms; 3. The 'Ranting' impulse; 4. The polite witness; 5. Radical dissent; 6. A peculiar people; 7. Anti-hegemony; Appendix 1. The Muggletonian archive; Appendix 2. William Blake's mother; Part II. Human Images: Introduction; 8. The new Jerusalem Church; 9. 'The Divine Image'; 10. From innocence to experience; 11. 'London'; 12. 'The Human Abstract'; 13. Conclusion.

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'A stunning, undoubtedly major work.' Anarchist Studies