A Watermark Mystery

Sometimes in archival work, you find yourself on these “side quests,” tracking down a paradoxically indispensable yet trivial bit...

Blake Quarterly (spring 2019)

Today sees the online publication of our spring issue (vol. 52, no. 4).

Author, Inventor, Delineator, and Radical Romantic Critical Theorist?

As I anticipated, the Blake Archive has woven its way into my graduate curriculum. This semester, Blake and his...

Q&A with Chris Hobson: Baldwin and Blake

Chris Hobson wrote the main article, “Blake, Paul, and Sexual Antinomianism,” in the winter 2018–19 issue of Blake. In...

Publication: Receipts 1805-1829

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of digital editions of Blake’s receipts.
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A Watermark Mystery
Blake Quarterly
Blake Quarterly (spring 2019)
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Author, Inventor, Delineator, and Radical Romantic Critical Theorist?
Q&A
Q&A with Chris Hobson: Baldwin and Blake
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Publication: Receipts 1805-1829
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New Feature: Archive Exhibitions

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the opening of a new wing of the Archive: a digital exhibition space that allows for curated presentations of selected works and/or special topics dealing with Blake’s oeuvre. Archive Exhibitions can be accessed through the drop-down at the upper right of the Archive’s home page. 

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Q&A with Helen Bruder

This edition of our question and answer series is with Helen Bruder. The most recent of her editing collaborations with Tristanne Connolly, Beastly Blake, came out last year. Helen’s answers below are lightly edited.

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The History of Hell

Hell’s Printing Press, the blog of The Blake Archive and Blake Quarterly, is more than a decade old at this point, so it isn’t surprising that the hyperlinks found in the oldest entries don’t always work. To make the blog as user-friendly as possible I decided that it would make for a worthwhile winter break project to go through the old entries and fix or update as many broken links as can feasibly be fixed or updated.

Like any good editor, I’ve been conscientious about what kind of changes I’ve made and followed a strict policy of “when in doubt, don’t touch it!” Out of respect for authorial integrity, I don’t want any posts to link to anything categorically different from what the original authors intended to link to, even if it might seem to me to fulfill a similar purpose.

To put it another way, I don’t want to do anything that might make it look like someone from the future came in and meddled with the old posts. However, I do feel strongly that if you’re reading an old post which contains links to sites and pages that are still extant, you ought to be able to link to the extant versions of those sites and pages even if the url has changed at some point in the last decade.

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Visual Poetics & Blake’s Afterlife: Florine Stettheimer

New York saloniste Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) was born nearly fifty years after William Blake’s death. Yet this wealthy American woman produced a body of artworks that bear remarkable resemblances to Blake’s illustrations. The two share many qualities: both were equal parts poet and visual artist, both produced works with highly idiosyncratic pictorial styles, and both had reputations as unconventional individuals. Continue reading
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The Artist, the Poet, and the Proofreader

The relationship between vivid, poetic language and visual art has always intrigued me. As an undergrad, I majored in studio art and English, and naturally see the two creative disciplines as more alike than they are different. Coming from this interdisciplinary perspective, I’m fascinated with Blake’s unique body of work but was surprised to find that, until the late 20th century, research on Blake was generally divided between art history and literary studies (“Plan of the Archive”).

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A Few (Small) Hiccups with the Receipts

It’s been a while since the last update on the “Receipts Project,” and so I thought I’d share a quick summary of what we’re up to with these strange scraps of paper, which throw up the most unexpected of challenges despite their modest size. As the receipts are scheduled for publication early next year, we’re currently at the stage of proofing and revision, and trying to deal with the following issues:

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