Review: Allen Ginsberg, The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience

This review will appear in the autumn 2018 issue of Blake. The reviewer, Luke Walker, completed his PhD on...

Appeal from scholar working on E. D. Hirsch

I am working on a book on E. D. Hirsch, who made some controversial contributions to Blake studies in...

Q&A with Roger Whitson

Our latest Q&A is with Roger Whitson (@RogerWhitson), on Blake, steampunk, technology, media, and mindfulness.

Publication: Blake's Notebook

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of Blake’s Notebook, based on...

Blake Quarterly summer 2018

Summer is our checklist issue, and our contributors this year are Luisa Calè for exhibitions, Wayne (Chuck) Ripley for...
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Review: Allen Ginsberg, The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience
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Publication: Blake's Notebook
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Do you see what I see?

Under the skilled eye of Katherine Calvin, I have completed training on illustration markup. With her help, I have gained practice in the art of seeing and of describing what I see, without inserting my interpretations. My introduction to the process of using templates to reflect on the new (to me) plate and spot the differences–a skill set that I first developed reading Highlights magazines–went smoothly. As I learned the ropes, there was only one instance where I thought the template itself was wrong.

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Urizen, Bound and Unbound

In previous posts on Hell’s Printing Press, I have explored the process of illustration markup and textual tagging at the WBA (see my earlier posts about textual tagging broadly and focused studies of tags like “streams of gore,” “lunging,” and “ecstasy”). In addition to tags related to objects, movements, and emotions, the WBA also aims to identify particular figures significant to Blake’s works and life. These include historical figures, such as Catherine Blake and George Romney; biblical characters including Potiphar and Job; and allegories like Mirth and Joy. However, one of the most important groups of tagged figures are characters created by Blake—from Oothoon and Los to Rintrah and Orc—who often recur throughout his poetry and designs.

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“Rosenbach and Blake” (and Bentley)

This week we published our winter issue (vol. 51, no. 3), which will be completely open access for the next few days. It features the last article in our queue from the late Jerry Bentley, “Rosenbach and Blake,” about the numerous Blake works handled by the dealer A. S. W. Rosenbach in the first half of the twentieth century, many from the collection of W. A. White and many for the collection of Lessing J. Rosenwald (now in the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).

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Publication: VALA, or THE FOUR ZOAS

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of Blake’s VALA, or The Four Zoas. This edition is based on fresh digital photography from the British Library and is presented in Preview mode—with enlargements and basic bibliographical information but without transcriptions or illustration descriptions.

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Publication: Water Color Drawings for Young’s NIGHT THOUGHTS

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of a digital edition of Blake’s water color drawings illustrating Edward Young’s The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts. These 537 designs are a considerable proportion of Blake’s total production as a visual artist. The water colors join two copies of Blake’s engraved illustrations to Edward Young’s Night Thoughts (1797) previously published in the Archive, one uncolored and one with contemporary hand coloring.

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