A poet, painter, and engraver, William Blake died in 1827 in obscurity. Yet he has become one of the most anthologized writers in English and one of the most collected British artists. His urge to create masterpieces of revelation has left complex (and sometimes bizarre) works of written and visual art. The essays in this Companion and a chronology, guides to further reading, and glossary of Blake's terms identify the key points of departure into Blake's diverse world.
1. Introduction : to paradise the hard way / Morris Eaves -- pt. 1. Perspectives -- 2. William Blake and his circle / Aileen Ward -- 3. Illuminated printing / Joseph Viscomi -- 4. Blake's language in poetic form / Susan J. Wolfson -- 5. Blake as a painter / David Bindman -- 6. The political aesthetic of Blake's images / Sacree Makdisi -- 7. Blake's politics in history / Jon Mee -- 8. Blake and religion / Robert Ryan -- 9. Blake and romanticism / David Simpson -- pt. 2. Blake's works -- 10. Blake's early works / Nelson Hilton -- 11. From America to The four Zoas / Andrew Lincoln -- 12. Milton and its contexts / Mary Lynn Johnson -- 13. Jerusalem and Blake's final works / Robert N. Essick.