Four Copies of The Book of Thel Added to Archive

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of digital editions of The Book of Thel copy C from...

Book review: Paul Peucker, A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century

This review will appear in the spring 2017 issue of Blake. The reviewer is Marsha Keith Schuchard, the author...

Slack Update

In the fall, BAND (our group in Rochester) decided to try out the Slack app. Growing group numbers and...

Dante giveaway

Last October we gave away a reproduction print, but we weren’t done there. To continue our celebration of volume 50 of the...

Little Boys Lost

A few years ago I was having drinks with someone I had recently met through an interdisciplinary research/reading group...
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Four Copies of The Book of Thel Added to Archive
Blake Quarterly
Book review: Paul Peucker, A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century
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Slack Update
Blake Quarterly
Dante giveaway
BATS, Digital Humanities
Little Boys Lost
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William Blake’s letters: Date dilemma and Keynes’s commas

Bentley reads William Blake’s letter to Thomas Butts dated September, 23, 1800 as “22 September 1800” and makes a footnote explaining the same (1541). Similarly, another letter written to Butts dated January 10, 1802 is a matter of dispute and disagreement among scholars and editors. While the object (image— lt10jan1802.1.2.LT.300.jpg) itself says “January 10. 1802”, Erdman suggests it is 1803 and not 1802, and Keynes mentions both. When we were discussing this in our BAND meeting, Sarah recommended me a copy of “Blake/ An Illustrated Quarterly 51 Volume 13 Number 3 Winter 79-80”; I did find a brief note about this discrepancy in this issue (page 148). Then the concern was how and where should we address this in the XML file.

After a couple of discussions and email-exchanges with Morris, Eric and Jarrod, we concluded that the letters should remain unscathed– no textual notes here. Rather we decided to make object notes whenever there is a date-discrepancy. Also, two lines in the January 10, 1802 letter are “perhaps quoted from Blake’s copy of Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765)” (Bentley, 1558). Keynes and Bentley have made footnotes. We decided to go with object notes and not textual notes for this as well. We agreed that the best possible guide as far as the format of object notes is concerned should be the Blake Archive’s published letters.

So now, what about textual notes?

After a month or so of working on this project, I had a brief discussion with Joey right after our BAND meeting regarding “Keynes and the commas in his edition” and “why.” We wondered why almost in every other line, does he add a semicolon or a period and if not anything else a comma or a bunch of them in a single sentence. Yes, comma seems to be his favorite punctuation mark. For the first two letters that I edited, I made notes of each and every punctuation mark added by all three of them and if I check the Google doc (to keep track of the changes made, additional punctuations and so on.), I will find “Keynes adds a comma after this word,” “Keynes reads the period as comma,” “Keynes adds a semicolon here” multiple times. But then we also discussed in the BAND meeting that only capitalization of letters should be addressed in the textual notes and not the punctuation-changes. Morris was there as well and shared some Keynes trivia. To begin with, this is the author and surgeon Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes, younger brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes. He was the President of the Bibliographical Society of London from 1952-1954 and was a recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal (1982). Moreover, besides being one of the earliest Blake scholars, he is also known for the biographies and bibliographies of noted English writers such as Sir Thomas Browne, John Donne, Jane Austen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Here’s our concluding thought:
So, if you don’t want to go back only to remove your notes, just don’t make them in the first place.
And we told ourselves, “Ignore the commas, not Keynes.”

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Four Copies of The Book of Thel Added to Archive

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of digital editions of The Book of Thel copy C from the Morgan Library and Museum, copies E and K from Yale’s Beinecke Library, and copy M from the New York Public Library. They are accompanied by proofs of five of Thel’s eight plates (2-5 and 7) that form copy a in the Morgan Library. These copies and proofs join copies B, D, F, G, H, I, J, L, N, O, and R. The Archive has now published all extant copies of this illuminated book except copy A in a private collection.
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BAND, XML

Trouble in paradise: our divergent uses of the new marginalia schema

In the excitingly titled “So then what happened?” Rob outlined some of the major changes that we’ve introduced to the marginalia schema, such as using specific <layer>s to differentiate between typographic text and Blake’s writing, dispensing with line numbers for the typographic text, and dividing the annotations into discrete zones with fluid spatial coordinates. Armed with these new and fascinating solutions, we decided to transcribe the marginalia BADs independently and to hold bimonthly update sessions to discuss our progress or talk about any specific problems that came up.

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Blake Quarterly

Book review: Paul Peucker, A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century

This review will appear in the spring 2017 issue of Blake. The reviewer is Marsha Keith Schuchard, the author of many articles and books on Blake and his circle. To the journal she has contributed “Blake’s Healing Trio: Magnetism, Medicine, and Mania,” “The Secret Masonic History of Blake’s Swedenborg Society,” and “Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary Art,” as well as an article with Keri Davies, “Recovering the Lost Moravian History of William Blake’s Family,” which is referenced below.

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So then what happened?

Seven months ago I wrote a blog titled “Some Promising Forays into Transcribing Blake’s Marginalia.” Much has changed!

After months of grappling with the logistical and philosophical challenges involved in marginalia transcription, we now have what we think will be the actual marginalia tag-set moving forward (though to be sure, there are a few questions we’re saving for Blake Camp). 

As a follow up to the “Promising Forays” I want to provide a brief quasi-narrative description of how we got from point A to point B. 

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BAND

Slack Update

In the fall, BAND (our group in Rochester) decided to try out the Slack app.

Growing group numbers and starting more complicated and diverse projects led us to try out a communication platform that was built to handle such dynamic work environments. It was/is an experiment, and I promised to check back after a semester to reflect on how the experiment was going. Here’s my report:

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Little Boys Lost

A few years ago I was having drinks with someone I had recently met through an interdisciplinary research/reading group at the University of North Carolina. He was a geneticist. In the course of our conversation he confided that he no longer read books, especially those books having to do with literature. Since everything reduced to genetic coding, which revealed itself in its own inscrutable (to me, even though he tried to explain it) language, all macrocosmic products of human artistry were epiphenomenal, superfluous. We were just humming flesh lumps elaborately but programmatically spun out from inherited scripts. He stared hard into his ice cubes as he said this. I’d quote him, but I can’t remember his exact words.

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Blake Quarterly

To-dos

I’ve more or less finished the Blake Quarterly winter issue and will be publishing it next week. The months ahead are traditionally good to me, as the centerpiece of our spring issue is the sales review by Bob Essick, which is a dream to edit. When I’m working on an issue I’m usually focused on the contents and on getting it out on time, to the exclusion of all but basic journal housekeeping tasks, such as updating IP addresses for institutional subscriptions or sending renewal reminders to individual subscribers.  The prospect of a few easier months, however, has my thoughts turning to two small but potentially insidious words: special project.

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William Blake Archive: Redesigned

In collaboration with UNC Libraries and ITS Research Computing, the William Blake Archive is launching on 12 December 2016 a complete and transformative redesign of its website. This new site, www.blakearchive.org, retains all of the features of the previous site, which had become so indispensable to Blake scholars, and offers vast improvements, making it easier than ever for educators and scholars to access and study Blake’s inimitable works.

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