Zoamorphosis Updates: August 2010


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New for August:

August is the anniversary of Blake’s death, and the event was marked by a meeting of the Blake Society at Blake’s grave in Bunhill Fields, which this year also included a talk by Robin Hatton-Gore on the topography of the area. The end of August also saw an important symposium on Blake’s work, Blake in Our Time: A Symposium Celebrating the Future of Blake Studies & the Legacy of G.E. Bentley Jr.

August also saw a review of Alice Thompson’s The Existential Detective. Published in May 2010, the protagonist of Thompson’s crime novel is a private detective named William Blake who is hired to investigate the disappearance of a woman in a Scottish seaside resort, a case that leads him into the underbelly of desire in the brothels of the town and revives memories of his own missing daughter.

Other articles included a feature on Philip Ringler’s photographic work which is inspired by lines from Blake’s Auguries of Innocence as well as J. G. Ballard and Edgar Allen Poe, an account of the influence of Blake on William Burroughs, the anniversary of whose death also falls in August, and a long article by Keri Davies on the setting of Blake’s work to music by composer Benjamin Britten.

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