Blake Records


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Poet, painter, engraver, and mystic, William Blake (1757-1827) is unequalled for the imaginary force and visionary power of his works. This fascinating book collects all the known documentary records relating to Blake’s long and productive life. Distinguished Blake expert, G. E. Bentley, Jr., editor of the first edition of Blake Records and Blake Records Supplement, brings together new and updated material on Blake’s life, career, family, friends, and patrons. The result of decades of research, this book is comprehensive, accessible, and highly enlightening.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

G. E. Bentley, Jr., is emeritus professor of English at the University of Toronto and the author of numerous books about William Blake.

“An achievement of passionate scholarship.”—John Mullan, The Evening Standard

“Few admirers of William Blake are better qualified to write a definitive biography [than Bentley]. Bentley’s previous scholarship on Blake is vast and essential. . . . It is as an instance of impeccable scholarship that this biography makes a claim to lasting distinction. From its title page to its index, it sets a new standard for biographical writing on Blake. . . . It is a beautiful book, consummately printed and sturdily bound. . . . Thoroughly researched and exhaustively documented. . . . Bentley’s book has all the apparatus that makes the best scholarship the most useful. . . . As scholarship, Bentley’s biography stands out in the crowd.”—Paul Youngquist, Nineteenth Century Literature

“Heroic scholarship”—Seamus Perry, The Times Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780300096859
Publication Date: March 11, 2004
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
988 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
60 b/w + 4 color illus.