Owners name-well illustrated, good to very good in dust jacket (very slight wear to jacket) ; B&W and Colour Illustrations; 9.90 X 7.90 X 1.50 inches; 399 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: 16 pages of black-and-white and 24 pages of full-color illustrations, plus 73 illustrations in text.
Review: William Blake, a London hosier's son, began having mystical visions at the age of eight and came to see his life as a revelation of eternity. While eking out a living as an engraver, he offered, quite unsuccessfully, his great series of prophetic books, Songs of Innocence and Experience. For Ackroyd, biographer of both Charles Dickens and T. S. Eliot, Blake was a visionary, who long before Freud saw warfare as a form of repressed sexuality and believed there were eternal states of rage, desire and selfhood through which a man passes, keeping his soul intact. The tragedy was that he had the capacity to become a great public and religious poet, but instead turned in upon himself, gaining neither reputation nor influence in his lifetime.
Verlag: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd
Zustand: Very Good
Buchbeschreibung London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995. 16 cm x 24 cm. 399 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Near Fine. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following chapters: All that we See is Vision / I devoted myself to Engraving in my Earliest Youth / Each Identity is Eternal / We do not want either Greek or Roman Models / From Lambeth We began our Foundations / The Bible of Hell / Newton's sleep / Felphams Vale / Scofield the Accuser / Despair / The Imagination which Liveth for Ever etc. "MARVELOUS . . . A first-rate biography of an extraordinary man." --The Wall Street Journal "SUPERB . . . Ackroyd writes with clarity and ease: His book is consistently intelligent, entertaining and affectionate. One closes its pages full of admiration for Blake and eager to study his pictures and read his poetry. . . . Ackroyd emphasizes Blake the visionary Londoner, like Turner or Dickens, and convincingly relates the poet's work to the social upheavals of his time. . . . Above all, [he] makes Blake live for the modern reader." --The Washington Post Book World "LYRICAL AND ILLUMINATING . . . Ackroyd is a masterly storyteller and interpreter of Blake's writing and art." --Chicago Tribune "THE WORK OF A WRITER AT THE PEAK OF HIS LITERARY POWERS . . . It is one of the great strengths of Ackroyd's writing that he reminds us that every individual life and cast of mind has a tradition behind it, a context of other lives and minds which is half forgotten or not remembered at all. As a writer, he is always letting his bucket deeper and deeper down the historical well." --The New Yorker. Artikel-Nr. 72240AB