(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion
Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake by William Blake, David
V. Erdman (Editor), Harold Bloom, William Golding (Editor)
Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books by David Bindman (Introduction),
Reviewer: from Pittsburgh, PA United States This book brings the words
and images of Blake to brilliant life. The volume is gorgeous, and the
colors extremely rich. Having read Blake's poetry in un-illuminated format
before, I now am even more appreciative of the value of seeing the work
as Blake originally intended. Blake is a marvelous poet and artist, and
this collection of his illuminated work is a marvelous book.
Blake Dictionary : The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake by Morris
Eaves (Editor), Samuel Foster Damon A BLAKE DICTIONARY offers compelling
testament that there was methodology in Blake's madness. In addition to
providing a detailed enunciation of virtually every character in Blake's
poetry, Damon further offers an exposition of the major themes and symbols
which Blake repeatedly returned to in his longer prophetic works. Along
with both Northrop Frye's FEARFUL SYMMETRY and David Erdman's PROPHET AGAINST
EMPIRE, Damon's meticulously cross-referenced dictionary is an essential
reference work for anyone who dares delve into Blake's complex mythology.
Symmetry by Northrop Frye
"To say it is a magnificent, extraordinary book is to praise it as
it should be praised, but in doing so one gives little idea of the huge
scope of the book and of its fiery understanding . Several great poets
have written of Blake, but this book, I believe, is the first to show the
full magnitude of Blake's mind, its vast creative thought." -- Edith Sitwell,
"According as we agree or disagree with Mr. Frye's contention we shall
decide finally on the supremacy of his book. In following the structure
of Blake's total vision and relating it to the thought of his age he has
triumphantly carried out a task which, given the giant shape of the material,
cannot help being immense. His cadences, by sheer explanatory devotion,
approach the sonorities of Blake's own." -- 'Times Literary Supplement'
"Frye conducts his ambitious study with unflagging energy, great enthusiasm,
and immense erudition." -- 'Poetry'
"An intelligent and beautifully written critical interpretation of the
poetry and symbolic thought of William Blake..." -- 'New Yorker'
Stranger from Paradise : A Biography of William Blake by G.E. Bentley
Reviewer from eastern usa
The scholarship that works through this book is obviously one of love and
devotion of many many years. Bentley's sorting out of events in Blake's
life is amazingly well researched - it is the first Blake biography that
does not have that usual blur of focus that leaves one more mystified than
enlightened. Blake's contemporaries, friends, enemies, patrons, etc. are
all given voice through their own extant letters, articles . . - this contextualizes
him beautifully and clears the field of critical debris that has grown
out over the centuries. In fact, it is Bentley's sober critical eye (of
fairness) which is so refreshing - his sense of balance is impeccable.
Only a lifetime lover of Blake could hit so consistently
true tones. But if you're arriving to this book looking for critical
scholarship of the work and myth than you're walking through the wrong
door. This book is not about the minutae of the work (see Northrop Frye
for that) - it assumes already that one is also a lover and "understander"
of the work. This book is about the man - written and informed, of course,
by the man's work, but is a book about Blake's life - not a treatise on
Urthona. Yes, I recommend this book.Walk on in and stroll around.