William Blake,

Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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The Atlantic Monthly on the fascinating William Blake.

An engraver by trade, Blake as a young man belonged to a circle of revolutionary thinkers that included Tom Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft. He composed “London” during the early years of the French Revolution amid accelerating anti-Jacobin repression and war fever in England, as part of the Songs of Innocence and Experience, a small volume illustrated with his own compelling designs and self-published in 1794.

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