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Witness against the Beast : William Blake and the Moral Law - E. P. Thompson

Witness against the Beast

William Blake and the Moral Law

By: E. P. Thompson, Christopher Hill (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 12th December 1994
ISBN: 9780521469777
Number Of Pages: 284

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E. P. Thompson's long-awaited book on William Blake was published shortly after the historian's death in August 1993. Acclaimed as one of his best and most deeply felt works, it appears now for the first time in paperback. Written with a vivid passion, and bearing the marks of Thompson's lifelong struggle against authoritarian and anti-humanitarian politics both at the level of the individual and of the state, Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law is a profound enquiry into the structure of Blake's thought and the character of his sensibility. Its qualities are among those which place Thompson himself in the same tradition of dissenting values and non-conforming radicalism represented by Blake some two hundred years earlier.

'Everything characteristic of the late E. P. Thompson - his clarity, humanity, and breadth of learning - is present in this book.' Financial Times 'The book stands as a tribute by an outstanding historian to an idiosyncratic genius.' Literary Review 'Thompson speaks to us once more in his highly individual voice through the pages of this vital and challenging work.' Tribune 'This book should go onto every undergraduate's reading list.' Evening Standard 'A stunning, undoubtedly major work.' Anarchist Studies

Foreword Christopher Hill
Introduction
Inheritance
Works or faith?
Antinomianisms
The 'Ranting' impulse
The polite witness
Radical dissent
A peculiar people
Anti-hegemony
The Muggletonian archive
William Blake's mother
Human Images: Introduction
The new Jerusalem Church
'The Divine Image'
From innocence to experience
'London'
'The Human Abstract'
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521469777
ISBN-10: 0521469775
Series: William Blake and the Moral Law
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 12th December 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.33