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Minute Particulars

Vol. 49 no. 3: Winter 2015–16

“a bite”: The First Published Reference to Blake’s Ghost of a Flea?

  • Angus Whitehead
8 January 2016
08 Jan. 2016


The earliest published reference recorded in Blake Records to Blake’s encounter with the ghost of a flea is the obituary of September 1827 in the Literary Chronicle; three months before the poet-artist’s death, however, the Literary Gazette had featured a fleeting reference to the flea.