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  • Directors: Malcolm Hossick
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Academy Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2006
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ETRAB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,279 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The WILLIAM BLAKE biography in the 'Famous Authors' series is an original Academy Media production, directed by Malcolm Hossick. The 30-minute program is followed by an 'Overview', listing the author's works and suggesting 'essence of Blake' reading.

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Drawing on old maps, contemporary drawings and paintings, portraits and other archive material, the excellent Famous Authors series not only presents a factual outline of the writer's life, but also conveys a clear visual picture of the social and historical background to his or her writing. Recommended for all ages. --The Good Book Guide --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freedom on 18 April 2012
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I found this very disappointing. It is only 30 minutes and skips over the last part of his life with just a few sentences. There is a list of his important works, but only a list, which you could just as well find anywhere. If you are buying it as a classroom aid you will be paying a lot of money for a brief dvd. It does show the places where he lived, however, and talks about people who supported him and you do see images of his works. I think it could have been longer though, Blake is a fascinating man and I am not encouraged to buy others in this series now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Jopson on 18 Aug. 2013
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I wouldn't recommend this product as the information wasn't as extensive as I would have liked considering the price it was.
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Catching Up with Blake 19 Jun. 2007
By Jeffery Mingo - Published on Amazon.com
I only vaguely remember reading some Blake junior year of high school. However, I definitely remember that Allen Ginsberg's biography said he was using a broom, doing Seinfeldian mastering, and reading Blake when he came up with the idea for his famous poem "Howl." This disc is a good survey on Blake.

I didn't know Blake drew art in the borders of his poetry. This disc spoke about the art almost more than the writing. This may be presentist, but the art seemed kinda simple. I'm sure anyone could do the water colors and sketching he did. He was living when Delacroix and Louis David were making masterpieces, one must remember.

This work said he and his wife never had children; off the top of my head, I can't think of any other famous childless couples, though the experience is common among humans. I don't remember politics coming up at all when our English class discussed Blake, but this work said he was very supportive of the American and French Revolutions. In fact, the work implies that he was an anti-racist author, in the same ilk as a Harriet Beecher Stowe. The work shows cheesy plaques in Britain that reveal where he lived and died. The Brits might want to make better monuments for him.

This may be a perfect thing for English teachers to show to high school classes. Unlike other discs in this series where the narrator say much on the authors' lives, but little on their work, the narrator recites Blake poetry frequently here.
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