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Blake by Peter Ackroyd

Blake by Peter Ackroyd


In his life of William Blake poet, painter, engraver and visionary Peter Ackroyd proves himself the definitive biographer of ‘the last great religious poet in England’. From Blake’s birth in 1757 above his father’s hosier shop in Soho to his deathbed, ‘singing of the things he saw in Heaven’, his life was an extraordinary journey towards spiritual and artistic revelation. Far from being an unworldly, mystical eccentric, the Blake presented by Ackroyd was a diligent, intelligent, opinionated artisan who spent his life on a philosophical quest, embodied in his art and poetry. Luminous and lyrical, this is a truly fitting biography for one of the most intriguing creative figures in history.



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