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William Blake and His Circle: A Checklist of Publications and Discoveries in 2010

G. E. Bentley, Jr.

Abstract


Blake Publications and Discoveries in 2010

Voting
William Blake’s father, James, voted in 1774, 1780, and 1784, his brother John voted in 1784 and 1788, and his partner, James Parker, voted in 1788 and 1790, but apparently “the poet himself never voted,” though he was eligible to do so. This negative evidence has been used to reinforce the argument that Blake was aloof from practical politics, despite the fiery political strain in his writings and drawings. However, Blake did vote, in 1790. Perhaps his political activism should be reappraised.

Thomas Owen
Thomas Owen, the boy whom Blake took as an apprentice in June 1788, was probably born in 1775. His possible work under Blake’s direction on the plates for Salzmann’s Elements of Morality (1790-91) is examined by Robert N. Essick (see Salzmann in Part III).

The non-English languages recorded for Blake studies in 2010 are Croatian, Danish, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish. In addition, note the number of works published abroad in English: in Denmark, Germany, India, and Japan.


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