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Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience”
Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience”

A rare and wonderful LP from 1970.

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William Blake’s Breathtaking Drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy, Over Which He Labored Until His Dying Day
William Blake’s Breathtaking Drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy, Over Which He Labored Until His Dying Day

The sinister and sublime, in transcendent watercolors.

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A Private History of Happiness: The Art of Living with Presence, from Ptolemy to George Eliot to William Blake
A Private History of Happiness: The Art of Living with Presence, from Ptolemy to George Eliot to William Blake

“I know that I am mortal by nature and ephemeral, but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies, I no longer touch earth with my feet. I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.”

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Aesthetic Rapture Between Heaven and Hell: William Blake Illustrates John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”
Aesthetic Rapture Between Heaven and Hell: William Blake Illustrates John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”

“The mind is its own place, and in it self / Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.”

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A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Vintage Illustrated Verses for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Vintage Illustrated Verses for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

“William, William, writing late by the chill and sooty grate, what immortal story can make your tiger roar again?”

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