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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake) [Kindle Edition]

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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.

This ebook is a series of texts, which were written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy, but expressing the poets own personal romantic and revolutionary beliefs. It is not exactly known when the work was written. One assumes it was composed in London between 1790 and 1793 , a period of political conflict arising immediately after the French Revolution.

The book is about the first person narrators visit to Hell, a concept taken by Blake from Dantes Inferno and Miltons Paradise Lost. Apart from the opening Argument and the Song of Liberty, the entire book is written in prose.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell was influenced by the mysticism of Swedish theosophist Emanuel Swedenborg and is also in part a satire on Emanuel Swedenborgs writings, especially on Heaven and Hell from which Blake adapted the title.

William Blake (1757 – 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books.  Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

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"'This is an excellent scholarly edition of one of Blake's most fascinating works, likely to become the defining text for generations to come. No one knows as much about Blake's work in this period as Michael Phillips and he uses his knowledge of the text, its context, and Blake's printing techniques to open up the question of what Blake thought he was doing with The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.' Professor John Mee 'This edition to one of Blake's most potent and provocative books will give great pleasure both to Blake enthusiasts and to those new to his work.' Tracy Chevalier"

About the Author

Michael Phillips, formerly Reader in the Department of English and Related Literature, is now Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York. He has published extensively on Blake and was guest curator of major exhibitions of Blake held in London, New York, and Paris.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: e-artnow; 1 edition (21 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars William Blake - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1 Feb. 2012
William Blake (1757-1827), was an accomplished poet and outstanding artist whose relation with the divine often caused him to be rediculed by his peers and ignored by his contempories. Although holding the Christian Bible in high esteem, and considering it a source of deep spirituality, nevertheless, he found the established Church, as a religious institution, to be very limited in its appreciation of the presence of god. In this respect, Blake viewed the human imagination as a device for a personal communication with the divine, linking god's 'grace', (or 'presence'), as being manifest in the structures of artistic creation.

The paperback (1992) edition is arranged in numbered pages i-xxvii - and pages 1-27. There are 27 Plates, the originals, (including both text and designs) were etched by Blake himself, upon copperplates, before these plates were used to prodice printed copies. These copies were then visually enhanced by the adding water-colours. Blake referred to this kind of work as 'illuminated', and it is interesting to consider that only nine copies are known to exist. The original is believed to have been started in 1789 and finished in 1790. The copy reproduced in this book is from one of two original copies held in the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge:

Publisher's Note.
The text of The Marriage of Heaven and Earth.
The facsimule of the Illuminated Plates.
Commentary by Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982).

Keynes qualified from Cambridge, and trained as a surgeon. He was considered the foremost authority on the literary and artistic work of Blake, and through his efforts did much to bring Blake's work in the public awareness. In this book Keynes reproduces the original, beautiful text and illustrations created by Blake's hand, and adds an authorative commentary to each. On the last page Blake writes 'For everything that lives is holy'. An extraordinary book worthy of study.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This item is incomplete 4 Mar. 2013
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I was disappointed to have paid for this to learn that is in in fact an excerpt, not the entire work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Milton to Blake... 2 Dec. 2001
Heaven and Hell is is one of the easier Blake books to read, something that is typical of his earlier work. Heaven and Hell shares many of the Milton'esque themes that Blake would develop later in his work. This book is worth a look if only for 'The Proverbs of Hell' and the Doors of Perception sections. The illuminated manuscript may be a bit of a shock to new readers of Blake, and really new readers should begin with Songs of Innocence and Experience anyway. Well worth buying if you're familiar with Blake's poetry, and worth pausing for a thought if you're not. The only problem really is that if you're a fan of Blake you don't really know which manuscript version that you're buying... but you'd have to be a hell of a fan to notice that much difference. I seem to remember something about this being the Oxford manuscript...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not well optimised for Kindle 18 Sept. 2014
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I got this as an extra source for my essay on Blake, but I bought it on Kindle and I have to say, the format of it is not great on Kindle, so I cannot recommend it, but I am guessing that a paperback version would be quite useful for those studying Blake.
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