I: William Blake’s Life and Works

This guide offers an introduction to the life and works of William Blake.


This guide uses a number of abbreviations as follows:
BR G. E. Bentley, Jr. Blake Records. Second edition. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004.
Life Alexander Gilchrist. Life of William Blake. Edited by Ruthven Todd. Revised edition. London: J. M. Dent and Sons, 1945.
Stranger G. E. Bentley, Jr. The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake. New Haven and London: Yale
University Press, 2001.

All quotations are from David V. Erdman’s The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Revised edition. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney and Auckland: Doubleday, 1988. Citations are indicated by the letter E followed by the page number in Erdman’s edition.


Part 1: Early Life
Part 2: Illuminated printing & revolutionary London
Part 3: Felpham and the Return to London
Part 4: Last Years
Selected Reading


All images are taken from the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection unless otherwise noted and are in the public domain.


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