Today marks the anniversary of William Blake’s death…
William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language”. His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him “far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced”. (via Wikipedia)
Blake’s poetry is easily accessible for your e-reader, but it’s harder to come by samples of his art online. With the exception of Songs of Innocence and Experience (perhaps his most significant poetical work), the following ebooks were selected for the insight that they give into Blake’s life and the samples of his art they contain.
Here are seven illustrated books by or about William Blake that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.
1) Songs of Innocence and Experience
FREE PDF ebook edition!
via Google Books