Princeton University Press, in conjunction with the Tate Gallery, London, and the William Blake Trust has published a new series of facsimiles, 1991-95. Revised edition, with a new foreword and annotated bibliography by Morris Eaves. A growing number of these have now been mounted on the site, together with sophisticated tools for searching and manipulating the verbal and visual texts. Most readable: a tremendously enthusiastic book that argues that Blake virtually loses control of what he's doing by the later books. Butlin's full art-historical data and commentary on each picture is a model of meticulous scholarship and largely non-intrusive interpretive commentary. The quality of the reproductions in Vols, I and II is poor: the plates look much darker and coarser than the originals. The nearly 300 illustrations provide a nearly complete record of Blake's work as a reproductive engraver.
EDITIONS FACSIMILES REPRODUCTIONS AND FACSIMILES OF THE ILLUMINATED POETRY REFERENCE WORKS ELECTRONIC RESOURCES BIOGRAPHIES BLAKE AS A VISUAL ARTIST: REFERENCE WORKS BLAKE AS A VISUAL ARTIST: CRITICAL WORKS BLAKE AS A LITERARY ARTIST IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS OF ESSAYS NOTE: The following bibliography is supplementary to the excellent bibliography that is maintained on The William Blake Archive. For individual volumes, dates, and editors, see "Editions," above. His "descriptions," however, are often speculative rather than objective, and are occasionally informed more by enthusiasm than by accuracy of observation. Also catalogues the following: books with Blake's engravings and illustrations, catalogues, books owned by Blake (including books owned by "the wrong William Blake"! This old but still valuable dictionary (for those who are not made uncomfortable by this sort of reductivist approach to Blake) was compiled by the greatest of the early American Blake scholars. This is the 1988 revised edition of Erdman's definitive text, prepared with Erdman's permission and cooperation. It attempts to document, among other things, all references to Blake by his contemporaries. Readable--but under no circumstances to be trusted implicitly without reference to other biographies like the Ackroyd or the Wilson.
The on-line bibliography at The William Blake Archive, which is updated annually, is now the best place to begin on-line reserach on Blake, his circle, and his times., David Bindman, General Editor. Princeton: The William Blake Trust and Princeton University Press, 1991-95. The facsimile pages from these volumes have now been collected and published in a single volume, with minimal letterpress, as (1937). This revised and updated edition contains a particularly useful index by Morris Eaves. The site also includes a link to the fully searchable Concordance to Blake's writings. is a decent website, arranged chronologically, that traces Blake's deve;lopment within the context of his times.
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Blake inspired a group of young artists commonly known as the Shoreham Ancients, after the Kent village of Shoreham, where the painter Samuel Palmer owned a house, but within a generation Blake had been almost entirely forgotten.
His reputation was restored when his art and poetry were extolled in an influential biography written by Alexander Gilchrist, Life of William Blake, “Pictor Ignotus” (see Gilchrist 2010, cited under Biographies), as well as through being celebrated by leading figures associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, most notably the Rossetti brothers and Algernon Charles Swinburne.Below are the index of articles and the index of reviews for the journal from its founding in 1967 to the present.Articles and reviews from the last five years are available to subscribers, whether individual or through an institution; those from more than five years ago are free to all.1821), were considered too dense and obscure by those few contemporaries who read such works.Blake’s complex personal mythology, incorporating figures such as the tyrant Urizen, rebellious Orc, and the prophet Los, was developed and revised throughout his writing and art to create a profound psychological, sociopolitical, and spiritual vision. Excellent on theory, both modern and contemporary with Blake. "Blake and the Traditions of Reproductive Engraving." . An important book that is proving controversial in its assumptions and conclusions about how viewers perceive and "understand" Blake's visual works. An excellent art-historical analysis of Blake's Job illustrations which includes detailed commentary on Blake's use of conventional "pathos-formulae" of visual art. These texts, foundational to Blake studies, start from the assumption that all of Blake’s works can be approached in a philosophically, aesthetically, and politically coherent manner.Although subsequent generations of scholars have critiqued this approach, it was nonetheless extremely important in stimulating the critical reception of that work.Detailed scholarly insight across the range of Blake’s works and mythology began with S.Foster Damon’s William Blake: His Philosophy and Symbols (London: Constable, 1924), but important key works that provide a basis for interpreting that mythology more comprehensively began to appear in the postwar period, most notably Frye 1990, Erdman 1991, and Damon 1988.