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Hazard Adams

William Blake on His Poetry and Painting book cover
On Blake's Marginalia
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:00pm
Communications 202

Hazard Adams discusses William Blake on His Poetry and Painting: A Study of A Descriptive Catalogue, Other Prose Writings and Jerusalem (McFarland, 2010) and Blake’s Margins: An Interpretive Study of the Annotations (McFarland, 2009).

Known for his prophetic and imaginative works of poetry, painting, and printmaking, William Blake was also a prolific reader and annotator of other writers' works, as well as a prolific commentator on both his own art and art in general.

These two studies are among the first to consider Blake's writings and annotations in their entirety.  Topics include art, poetry, theology, madness and philosophy; his opinions on his predecessors and his contemporaries (among them the authors Lavater, Swedenborg, Bacon, Spurzheim, Berkeley, and Wordsworth), his reaction to critics, and his artistic intentions.  This valuable addition to Blake scholarship includes reproductions of some of the drawings and paintings in Blake's one exhibition of 1809, plus reproductions of other prose texts by Blake.

Hazard Adams is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and an internationally-known scholar of William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Joyce Cary, and the history of criticism.