The Cambridge companion to William Blake /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Eaves, Morris, 1944-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Like other volumes in the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series, this collection of essays is designed to be useful for a broad academic audience. It maintains the normally high standards of editing, writing, and scholarship that characterize the series. Eaves (Univ. of Rochester) provides the introduction, which discusses the difficulties, methods, and rewards of reading Blake's poetical and pictorial works. Part 1 comprises eight essays, but its title, "Perspectives," hardly does justice to the content of the essays; Aileen Ward's biographical essay, Joseph Viscomi's essay on Blake's methods of illuminated printing, David Bindman's essay on Blake as a painter, and Robert Ryan's essay on Blake and religion are so informative and judicious as to make the book valuable for a large scholarly readership. Part 2 consists of four essays on Blake's works, all of them written by eminent and influential authorities in Blake studies: Mary Lynn Johnson's essay on Blake's Milton and Robert Essick's "Jerusalem and Blake's Final Works" are likely to become touchstone essays in the field. The book includes 36 black-and-white illustrations, notes and bibliographies for each essay, a glossary of Blake's more obscure terms, and a bibliographical guide to further reading. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. T. Hoagwood Texas A&M University

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