Divine Images

The Life and Work of William Blake

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Jason Whittaker
  • London, UK: 
    Reaktion Books
    , April
     2021.
     352 pages.
     $50.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781789142877.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jennifer Jesse forthcoming.

Description

Although relatively obscure during his lifetime, William Blake has become one of the most popular English artists and writers, through poems such as “The Tyger” and “Jerusalem,” and images including The Ancient of Days. Less well-known is Blake’s radical religious and political temperament and that his visionary art was created to express a personal mythology that sought to recreate an entirely new approach to philosophy and art. This book examines both Blake’s visual and poetic work over his long career, from early engravings and poems to his final illustrations to Dante and the Book of Job. Divine Images further explores Blake’s immense popular appeal and influence after his death, offering an inspirational look at a pioneering figure.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jason Whittaker is Head of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln. His books include William Blake and the Myths of Britain (1999) and Blake 2.0 (2012).

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