Poetry and Prose of William Blake

Poetry and Prose of William Blake

Poetry and Prose of William Blake

Poetry and Prose of William Blake

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The publication in 1925 of The Writtings of William Blake was an attempt to provide for the first time a complete collection of his work. The text was intended both to be accurate and to furnish the textual minutiæ necessary for the full understanding of his methods, intentions, and development. The least possible amount of editing was done, every variant and deletion being laid before the reader with scrupulous care. Blake had already suffered so much from the "emendations" and inaccuracies of some of his former editors that the need for such elaboration was unquestioned.

That being done, the editor may now allow himself to enjoy more latitude and at the same time to consult the comfort of the majority of Blake's readers. The text of the Centenary Edition has been founded on that of the Writings, but has been modified in some important particulars. The purely chronological arrangement previously used had many advantages for the student, but for ordinary readers the sectional arrangement adopted here is obviously to be preferred. The bracketed interpolations of variant readings have now been almost entirely eliminated. Usually Blake's . . .

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