Why Mrs Blake Cried : William Blake and the Erotic Imagination, Paperback

Why Mrs Blake Cried : William Blake and the Erotic Imagination Paperback



Much has been written about the work of William Blake and some of the religious beliefs that influenced him, but there is a secret history which, until now, has been kept deep beneath the surface in the mystical underground of England in the eighteenth-century.

Here, leading Blake scholar Marsha Keith Schuchard reveals an altogether more intriguing and controversial picture of the poet and artist.

The discovery of Blake family documents took Schuchard on a journey of detection that led her to a cast of radical characters including Cagliostro, Zinzendorf and the mystic Swedenborg, and to a world of waking visions, sexual-spiritual experimentation, kabbalistic magic, tantric sex and free love. "Why Mrs Blake Cried" offers a new insight into the work of Blake and takes us on an extraordinary journey through secret societies and ancient rituals.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, app 60 integrated b/w illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781845951283



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