The Works of William Blake: Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical (1893)

edited by Edwin Ellis and W. B. Yeats, with Introduction by Wayne K. Chapman

The Works of William Blake: Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical (1893), edited by Edwin Ellis and W. B. Yeats, a facsimile edition in three volumes, with introduction by Wayne K. Chapman (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2014).

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About the Book

As one of the significant nineteenth-century developments in the dissemination of Blake's poetry, this book also made an ambitious attempt to interpret the poet's vatic approach to the making of literature. Today, this classic of 1893 is still illuminating for the lifetime influence it had on one of its editors, W. B. Yeats, who became perhaps the twentieth century's greatest poet in English and, like Blake, a visionary one, at that.

Presently, disparate parts of the book's three volumes may be found on the Internet but not all three. This online facsimile is the first to present all three simply to advance inquiry on Yeats's Blake. Professor Chapman's introduction on Yeats's collaboration with his father's friend, Edwin Ellis, also a poet, is thus supplemented by illustrated accounts of selected materials in the W. B. Yeats Library (courtesy of the National Library of Ireland and the Yeats Estate), including Yeats's own annotated copy of The Works of William Blake.