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William Blake

WILLIAM BLAKE was born in London in 1757. He was educated at home and then worked as an apprentice to the engraver James Basire before joining the Royal Academy in 1779. In 1782 he married Catherine Boucher, and a year later began his career as a poet when he published Poetical Sketches. This was followed by Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), which he also designed and engraved. His other major literary works include The Book of Thel (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c. 1793), Milton (1804–8), and Jerusalem (1804–20). He produced many paintings and engravings during his lifetime. Blake died in 1827.


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Blake: Poems
Written by William Blake, Edited by Peter Washington
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1994
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-43633-1 (0-679-43633-2)

These Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover editions are popular for their compact size and reasonable price which do not compromise content. Poems: Blake contains a full selection of Blake's work, including Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, poems from Blake's Ms. book, poems from The Prophetic Books, and an index of... Read more

The Complete Poems
Written by William Blake, Edited by Alicia Ostriker
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1978
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042215-3 (0-14-042215-3)

One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake was also an artist, mystic, and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience—which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," and "The Blossom" and "The Sick Rose"—to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works... Read more

The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake
Written by William Blake, Edited by David V. Erdman, Commentaries by Harold Bloom
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-15213-6 (0-385-15213-2)

Since its first publication in 1965, this edition  has been widely hailed as the best available text  of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, if  includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of  poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom.

An  "Approved Edition" of the Center for Scholarly  Editions of the Modern Language Association. Read more

Written by William Blake, Selected by Patti Smith
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2016
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-97314-1 (1-101-97314-5)

William Blake is one of England’s most fascinating writers; he was not only a groundbreaking poet, but also a painter, engraver, radical, and mystic. Although Blake was dismissed as an eccentric by his contemporaries, his powerful and richly symbolic poetry has been a fertile source of inspiration to the many writers and... Read more

The Portable William Blake
Written by William Blake, Edited by Alfred Kazin
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 1977
$22.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-015026-1 (0-14-015026-9)

The Portable Blake contains the hermetic genius's most important works: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience in their entirety; selections from his "prophetic books"—including The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Abion, America, The Book of Urizen, and The Four Zoas—and from other works of poetry... Read more

Selected Poems of William Blake
Written by William Blake, Introduction by Gerald E. Bentley, Noted by Gerald E. Bentley
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2006
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042446-1 (0-14-042446-6)

Writer and religious rebel, William Blake sowed the seeds of Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the vision that inspired him throughout his remarkable life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth, or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate...

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