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More recently, the tendency within Blake criticism has tended to concentrate on particular works or aspects of Blake’s poetry and art rather than comprehensive overviews, although Eaves 2003 and Williams 2006 are both useful collections of introductory essays.
Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly (formerly the Blake Newsletter) is an authoritative source of information, reviews, and essays on Blake.
High-quality facsimile editions, with editorial commentary and full historical and bibliographical apparatus. Other hand-colored "facsimiles" were prepared early in this century under the direction of William Muir; both the coloring and the overall appearance of these copies are unreliable indicators of Blake's originals. There are multiple links to verbal; and visual resources. This is the preeminent site for all resources in the Humanities, including literary and cultural studies and the arts. This brilliant, eminently readable biography sets a new standard for Blake biography.
The entries in Erdman's printed Concordance are keyed to the pages in this edition, which must be used to locate passages before cross-referencing them in Erdman's , ed. These are extremely high quality facsimiles, super-illustrated and accompanied by detailed bibliographical and critical apparatus. Erdman surveys most of the copies and itemizes variants in the visual details of the discrete copies. Catalogues all Blake's writings in illuminated printing, conventional typography, and in manuscript, as well as reproductions. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1988. The site also contains links to other Blake sites, to bibliographical materials, and to electronic versions of such central reference works as Erdman's . This is more a collection of "raw materials" than an actual biography. Note the total absence of the normal documentation apparatus (footnotes and such). For any sort of work with Blake's visual images, or with his characteristic themes, these volumes are a true goldmine of information. Blake's engravings are usually very sharp and finely detailed, and this quality is largely lost in these volumes. From the end of the 19th century through the 20th century, Blake’s reputation increased enormously, until he came to be considered one of the leading Romantic figures in both art and poetry.Some of Blake’s poetry had attracted attention during his lifetime, particularly the lyrical verse included in Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794), but the so-called prophetic books that he produced in the form of illuminated books, culminating in the epic Jerusalem the Emanation of the Giant Albion (c. Born and raised in London, where he spent most of his life, apart from a three-year period (1800–1803) during which he resided in Felpham, Sussex, Blake was apprenticed at the age of fourteen as an engraver to James Basire, learning an important craft that formed the basis of a great deal of Blake’s art. 1827) was a painter, engraver, and poet traditionally considered as being among the first generation of Romantic artists and writers, though sometimes placed in the generation of pre-Romantic artists, such as Thomas Gray and James Thomson, that preceded William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A second edition is available: Blake: The Complete Poems. These editions probably come as close to Blake's originals as is possible with any sort of "mass-production" technology, however cumbersome or limited. Spectacularly useful, as concordances generally are. The only trick involved here is that the references are keyed (owing to the early date) not to Erdman's definitive edition but rather to the Geoffrey Keynes (Oxford Standard Authors) edition of Blake's works. This is the staring-point for all electronic research into the verbal and visual work of William Blake. This splendid and meticulous set reproduces all known drawings and paintings by Blake. An annotated edition, although the annotations are eclectic and frequently unreliable. This is now the definitive edition of both the poetry and the prose, including the letters; this is the edition to which to key textual references. Geoffrey Keynes oversaw the publication of these facsimiles of all eighteen of Blake's illuminated books. It also includes a detailed, annotated annual bibliography of studies relating to Blake and his circle: "Blake and His Circle: A Checklist of Recent Scholarship." . The ultimate reference to Blake's visual works independent of the illuminated books. EDITIONS FACSIMILES REPRODUCTIONS AND FACSIMILES OF THE ILLUMINATED POETRY REFERENCE WORKS ELECTRONIC RESOURCES BIOGRAPHIES BLAKE AS A VISUAL ARTIST: REFERENCE WORKS BLAKE AS A VISUAL ARTIST: CRITICAL WORKS BLAKE AS A LITERARY ARTIST IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS OF ESSAYS NOTE: The following bibliography is supplementary to the excellent bibliography that is maintained on The William Blake Archive. For individual volumes, dates, and editors, see "Editions," above. His "descriptions," however, are often speculative rather than objective, and are occasionally informed more by enthusiasm than by accuracy of observation. Also catalogues the following: books with Blake's engravings and illustrations, catalogues, books owned by Blake (including books owned by "the wrong William Blake"! This old but still valuable dictionary (for those who are not made uncomfortable by this sort of reductivist approach to Blake) was compiled by the greatest of the early American Blake scholars. This is the 1988 revised edition of Erdman's definitive text, prepared with Erdman's permission and cooperation. It attempts to document, among other things, all references to Blake by his contemporaries. Readable--but under no circumstances to be trusted implicitly without reference to other biographies like the Ackroyd or the Wilson. The on-line bibliography at The William Blake Archive, which is updated annually, is now the best place to begin on-line reserach on Blake, his circle, and his times., David Bindman, General Editor. Princeton: The William Blake Trust and Princeton University Press, 1991-95. The facsimile pages from these volumes have now been collected and published in a single volume, with minimal letterpress, as (1937). This revised and updated edition contains a particularly useful index by Morris Eaves. The site also includes a link to the fully searchable Concordance to Blake's writings. is a decent website, arranged chronologically, that traces Blake's deve;lopment within the context of his times. Viscomi also posits many new dates for various copies of the illuminated works. Essential reading for an understanding of the processes by which Blake produced his illuminate books. Investigates Blake's illustrations to Milton's poetry within the verbal--and in particular the visual--tradition of 18th century Milton criticism. "The Mental Contest: Blake's Comus Designs." Blake Studies 8 (1978), 65-88. "Europe 6: Plundering the Treasury." Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly 21 (1987), 85-94. see also Reading William Blake, listed under "Blake as a Literary Artist," below.