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By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens takes us to the yr 1775, the place England and France are present process a interval of social upheaval and turmoil.

The forces which are resulting in revolution in France are colliding with a circle of individuals in England, inflicting their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined.

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His lyrical poetry was praised for its simple, pastoral qualities, but his prophetic works were fairly uniformly dismissed as incomprehensibly wild. His great invention of illuminated printing, uniting designs and text on the same etched page, provided a vehicle in which his strange verses could make their way into the world under cover of the beauty of the designs. To most of Blake’s contemporaries, his poetry evidently seemed interesting but absurd; scarcely any could have conceived of him as a great poet.

Roe, in Blake’s Illustrations to the Divine Comedy (1953), surveys and reproduces the great Dante series competently, but rather blurs the issue by reading the designs frequently as illustrations of Blake’s own myth as well as Dante’s. Digby, Symbol and Image in William Blake (1957), attempting to apply modern psychology to Blake’s art. Perhaps the most satisfactory book on Blake’s visual work as a whole is Sir Anthony Blunt’s The Art of William Blake (1959), a series of lectures which yet brings the erudition of a great art-historian to bear upon Blake, placing him firmly in the European iconographic traditions.

Phillips (1973), which contain important essays by Frye (Pinto), Butlin (Rosenfeld), Miner (Rosenfeld), Paley (Curran and Wittreich), and Bindman (Paley and Phillips). Such anthologies have the advantage occasionally of collecting in one place the most recent advances of scholarship or of critical fashion. NOTES 1 Such reputation as Blake had was almost exclusively British; a few German readers may have seen Crabb Robinson’s 1811 article in Vaterländisches Museum (No. 36), but no known comments in North America appeared until after his death.

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