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1–119, Blake’s Apocalypse (1963), and the notes to the Erdman edition of Blake’s Poetry and Prose (1965), pp. 807–89. A subject which is deservedly receiving increasing attention was initiated in an extensive way in Jean Hagstrum, William Blake, Poet and Painter: An Introduction to the Illuminated Verse (1964); future studies of the central subject of the relationship of text and design in Blake’s work are likely to begin where Hagstrum’s Introduction leaves off. A yet more successful specialized work is Alicia Ostriker’s Vision and Verse in William Blake (1965), which illuminates Blake’s poetic techniques with great sensitivity.
Naturally most general books on Blake also deal with his religious ideas, but today they tend to do so in the context of his myth rather than of his life. Psychology An obviously related subject is Blake’s psychology, for most of the major psychological ‘discoveries’ of the twentieth century have been found adumbrated in Blake’s poetry. Unfortunately, most of the psychologists are self-taught amateurs, and the professionals are rather worse. Witcutt’s Blake: A Psychological Study (1946, 1966) begins a promising argument that Blake can be profitably illuminated by Jung.
Wittreich, Jr, and all are incorporated in Blake Records (1969),3 along with hundreds of others, making it perhaps the most convenient and reliable place to find records of Blake’s life. G. Rossetti, and Swinburne. When the resulting Life of William Blake, ‘Pictor Ignotus’ was published in 1863, Blake was immediately elevated from obscurity to fame and notoriety. Most of the major reviews published accounts of it, some of them at enormous length, and Blake’s stature as a major poet, artist, engraver, and thinker was securely established.