William Blake

Blake in a portrait<br />by [[Thomas Phillips]] (1807) William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. While he lived in London his entire life, except for three years spent in Felpham, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich ''œuvre'', which embraced the imagination as "the body of God" or "human existence itself".

Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as "Pre-Romantic". A committed Christian who was hostile to the Church of England (indeed, to almost all forms of organised religion), Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American Revolutions. Though later he rejected many of these political beliefs, he maintained an amiable relationship with the political activist Thomas Paine; he was also influenced by thinkers such as Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify. The 19th-century scholar William Michael Rossetti characterised him as a "glorious luminary", and "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors". Provided by Wikipedia

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by Blake, William
Project Gutenberg

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by Blake, William
BiblioBytes

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by Blake, William
Published 1783

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by Blake, William
Published 1789
The author & printer Willm. Blake

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by Blake, William
Published 1823
J. Murray, and E. Lloyd

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by Blake, William
Published 1810
Printed for E. Lloyd

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by Blake, William Pynson
Published 1795
Printed for William P. Blake, at the Boston Bookstore, no. 59, Cornhill

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by Blake, William Pynson
Published 1796
Printed for William P. Blake
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Blake, William Pynson
Published 1793
Printed for William P. Blake, at the Boston book-store, no. 59, Cornhill
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Blake, Lemuel
Published 1798
Printed for William P. & Lemuel Blake
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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Published 2019
Springer International Publishing
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by Colman, George
Published 1795
Printed at the Apollo Press, in Boston, by Joseph Belknap, for William P. Blake, no. 59, Cornhill
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Holcroft, Thomas
Published 1795
Printed for William P. Blake, at the Boston Bookstore, no. 59, Cornhill
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Berquin, Arnaud
Published 1793
Printed by John Mycall, for William Blake, at the Boston Book-Store, no 59, Cornhill, Boston
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Hoare, Prince
Published 1794
Printed [by Belknap & Hall] at the Apollo Press in Boston, for William P. Blake, no. 59, Cornhill
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Hoare, Prince
Published 1796
by Thomas Hall--Water Street, for William P. Blake, at the Boston Bookstore
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by Kotzebue, August von
Published 1799
Printed for W.P. and L. Blake, at the Boston Book-Store, Cornhill
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...

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by O'Keeffe, John
Published 1794
Printed at the Apollo Press, in Boston, by Belknap and Hall, for William P. Blake, no. 59, Cornhill, and William T. Clap. no. 90, Newbury Street
Other Authors: '; ...Blake, William Pynson...