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A Blake Dictionary by William Blake, poet, artist, and mystic, created a vast multidimensional universe through his verse and art. Spun from a fabric of symbolism and populated by a host of complex characters, Blake’s comprehensive world has provided endless inspiration to subsequent generations. For the reader of Blake, background knowledge of his symbolism is a necessity. In this volume, first published in 1965, S. Foster Damon, father of modern Blake studies and a professor at Brown University until his death, has assembled all references to particular symbols or aspects of Blake’s work and life, so that readers can see the entire spectrum of Blake’s thought on a variety of topics. For this edition of S. Foster Damon’s classic reference work, Morris Eaves has written an updated annotated bibliography and a new foreword, included here along with his original 1988 index.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
William Blake in Context by William Blake, poet and artist, is a figure often understood to have 'created his own system'. Combining close readings and detailed analysis of a range of Blake's work, from lyrical songs to later myth, from writing to visual art, this collection of thirty-eight lively and authoritative essays examines what Blake had in common with his contemporaries, the writers who influenced him, and those he influenced in turn. Chapters from an international team of leading scholars also attend to his wider contexts: material, formal, cultural, and historical, to enrich our understanding of, and engagement with, Blake's work. Accessibly written, incisive, and informed by original research, William Blake in Context enables readers to appreciate Blake anew, from both within and outside of his own idiom.
Call Number: PR4147 .W475 2019
Publication Date: 2019-03-14
William Blake - The Artist by An authoritative look at William Blake's life and enduring relevance as a prophetic artist, poet, and printmaker William Blake (1757-1827) created some of the most iconic images in the history of art. He was a countercultural prophet whose personal struggles, technical innovations, and revelatory vision have inspired generations of artists. This marvelously illustrated book explores the biographical, artistic, and political contexts that shaped Blake's work, and demonstrates why he was a singularly gifted visual artist with renewed relevance for us today. The book explores Blake's relationship with the art world of his time and provides new perspectives on his craft as a printmaker, poet, watercolorist, and painter. It makes sense of the profound historical forces with which he contended during his lifetime, from revolutions in America and France to the dehumanizing effects of industrialization. Readers gain incomparable insights into Blake's desire for recognition and commercial success, his role as social critic, his visionary experience of London, his hatred of empire, and the bitter disappointments that drove him to retire from the world in his final years. What emerges is a luminous portrait of a complicated and uncompromising artist who was at once a heretic, mystic, saint, and cynic. With an afterword by Alan Moore, this handsome volume features many of the most sublime and exhilarating images Blake ever produced. It brings together watercolors, paintings, and prints, and draws from such illuminated masterpieces as Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Europe a Prophecy, and apocalyptic works such as Milton and Jerusalem. Published in association with Tate Exhibition Schedule Tate Britain, London September 11, 2019-February 2, 2020
Call Number: ND497.B56 A4 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-29
The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake by "The first complete catalogue of the paintings, watercolors, drawings, and color prints of one of the English-speaking world's greatest and most widely studied artists. Also included are works attributed to William's brother Robert and his wife Catherine."
Call Number: MOBIUS book
Publication Date: 1981-09-10
The Cambridge Companion to William Blake by Poet, painter, and engraver William Blake died in 1827 in obscure poverty with few admirers. The attention paid today to his remarkable poems, prints, and paintings would have astonished his contemporaries. Admired for his defiant, uncompromising creativity, he has become one of the most anthologized and studied writers in English and one of the most studied and collected British artists. His urge to cast words and images into masterpieces of revelation has left us with complex, forceful, extravagant, some times bizarre works of written and visual art that rank among the greatest challenges to plain understanding ever created. This Companion aims to provide guidance to Blake's work in fresh and readable introductions: biographical, literary, art historical, political, religious, and bibliographical. Together with a chronology, guides to further reading, and glossary of terms, they identify the key points of departure into Blake's multifarious world and work.
Call Number: MOBIUS book
Publication Date: 2003-01-23
William Blake and the Age of Aquarius by A stunningly illustrated look at how Blake's radical vision influenced artists of the Beat generation and 1960s counterculture In his own lifetime, William Blake (1757-1827) was a relatively unknown nonconventional artist with a strong political bent. William Blake and the Age of Aquarius is a beautifully illustrated look at how, some two hundred years after his birth, the antiestablishment values embodied in Blake's art and poetry became a model for artists of the American counterculture. This book provides new insights into the politics and protests of Blake's own lifetime, and the generation of artists who revived and reimagined his work in the mid-1940s through 1970, or what might be called the "long sixties." Contributors explore Blake's outsider status in Georgian England and how his individualistic vision spoke to members of the Beat Generation, hippies, radical poets and writers, and other voices of the counterculture. Among the artists, musicians, and writers who looked to Blake were such diverse figures as Diane Arbus, Jay DeFeo, the Doors, Sam Francis, Allen Ginsberg, Jess, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, Charles Seliger, Maurice Sendak, Robert Smithson, Clyfford Still, and many others. This book also explores visual cultures around such galvanizing moments of the 1960s as Woodstock and the Summer of Love. William Blake and the Age of Aquarius shows how Blake's myths, visions, and radicalism found new life among American artists who valued individualism and creativity, explored expanded consciousness, and celebrated youth, peace, and the power of love in a turbulent age. Exhibition schedule: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University September 23, 2017-March 11, 2018
Call Number: N6797.B57 A4 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-17
My Business Is to Create by For William Blake, living is creating, conforming is death, and OC the imagination . . . is the Human Existence itself.OCO But why are imagination and creationOCoso vital for BlakeOCoessential for becoming human? And what is imagination? What is creation? How "do" we create? Blake had answers for these questions, both in word and in deed, answers that serve as potent teachings for aspiring writers and accomplished ones alike. Eric G. WilsonOCOs "My Business Is to Create" emulates Blake, presenting the great figureOCOs theory of creativity as well as the practices it implies.a a a In both his life and his art, Blake provided a powerful example of creativity at any costOCoin the face of misunderstanding, neglect, loneliness, poverty, even accusations of insanity. Just as Los cries out in "Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion," OC I must Create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's; / I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create, OCO generations of writers and artists as diverse as John Ruskin, William Butler Yeats, Allen Ginsberg, Philip K. Dick, songwriter Patti Smith, the avant-garde filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and the underground comic-book artist R. Crumb have taken BlakeOCOs creed as inspiration.aaaaa Unwilling to cede his vision, Blake did more than simply produce iconoclastic poems and paintings; he also cleared a path toward spiritual and ethical enlightenment. To fashion powerful art is to realize the God within and thus to feel connected with enduring vitality and abundant generosity. This is BlakeOCOs everlasting gospel, distilled here in an artistOCOs handbook of interest to scholars, writing teachers, and those who have made writing their way of life. "My Business Is to Create" is indispensable for all serious artists who want to transform their lives into art and make their art more alive. a"
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
Jerusalem! by '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 today. The hymn 'Jerusalem', with its famous words by William Blake, stirs our hearts with its evocation of a new holy city built in 'England's green and pleasant land'. However, until now, the spiritual essence of William Blake has been buried under myriad inadequate biographies, college dissertations and arts commentaries, written by people who have missed the luminescent keys to Blake's symbolism and liberating spirit. Any attempt to uncover the 'real' Blake is thwarted by his status as a legend or 'national treasure'. In Jerusalem! Tobias Churton expertly takes you beyond this superficial fa ade, showing you Blake the esoteric genius - a myth-maker, brilliantly using symbols and theology to express his unique insights into the nature of body, mind and spirit. Churton is not only deeply knowledgeable about Blake's life and times, but also uses his shared values with Blake to enter into his labyrinth of thought and feeling. Challenging the conventional views of Blake as either a 'romantic poet' or a rebel with ideas about free sex, Tobias Churton's startling new biography reveals, at last, the real William Blake in all his glory, so that anyone who sings 'Jerusalem' in future will see its beauty with renewed understanding. With access to a large body of never-before-published records - letters, diaries, pamphlets and books - Tobias Churton casts unprecedented light and perspective on William Blake's life and times. Blake's writing - heartfelt, vivid and profound - accounts for his status as one of the best-loved poets writing in English. Americans need no reminding that Blake inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson and American visionary Walt Whitman. Yet he spent the larger part of his creative career being ridiculed and suppressed. In Jerusalem! Churton conjures a superb portrait of Blake's London, and in particular the rivalries of the cultural community in which the poet-artist was often misunderstood. He argues that Blake believed Man does not 'belong' to society; rather,we are all members of the Divine Body, co-existent with God. He was concerned with a total spiritual revival - what had gone wrong with Man, and how to put it right. Blake's message has proved to be as challenging to today's readers as it was to his contemporaries. Blake perceived, so far ahead of his time, that the philosophy of materialism would dominate the world - a culture from which we now yearn to break free. Jerusalem! is unashamedly ambitious in its scope and objective. Churton ends once and for all the persistent notion of Blake as a startling peculiarity, whilst emancipating him from the labels of 'Romantic poet' or 'national treasure'. Even if it means sacrificing some cherished illusions or uncovering a few painful surprises, this compelling biography reveals, for the first time, the true spirit of William Blake.
Call Number: PR4146 .C55 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
Eternity's Sunrise by William Blake, overlooked in his time, remains an enigmatic figure to contemporary readers despite his near canonical status. Out of a wounding sense of alienation and dividedness he created a profoundly original symbolic language, in which words and images unite in a unique interpretation of self and society. He was a counterculture prophet whose art still challenges us to think afresh about almost every aspect of experience-social, political, philosophical, religious, erotic, and aesthetic. He believed that we live in the midst of Eternity here and now, and that if we could open our consciousness to the fullness of being, it would be like experiencing a sunrise that never ends. Following Blake's life from beginning to end, acclaimed biographer Leo Damrosch draws extensively on Blake's poems, his paintings, and his etchings and engravings to offer this generously illustrated account of Blake the man and his vision of our world. The author's goal is to inspire the reader with the passion he has for his subject, achieving the imaginative response that Blake himself sought to excite. The book is an invitation to understanding and enjoyment, an invitation to appreciate Blake's imaginative world and, in so doing, to open the doors of our perception."
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2015-10-28
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