Blake List — Volume 1997 : Issue 60

Today's Topics:
	 Re: Eastern Influence
	 YCBA exhibit
	 Re: RE: shortcuts in library research
	 trickster figure in blake
	 Re: Frontispiece of "Europe" Again


Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 22:09:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Eastern Influence
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Subj:	$$$READ ME!!!$$$
Date:	97-04-12 04:43:06 EDT

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Date: Wed, 21 May 97 04:32:14 UT
From: "Yunhi Lee" 
Subject: etchings-re

when i shot off those brief musings about the etchings i wasn't wondering 
where i could find them (but thanks for the bon voyage), i've seen them, but 
more about the ontology of written text verses images

with regards to artist/poet blake, is more ascendancy still given to the 
word?--way past the point of difficulty in reproduction--but please don't miss 
understand me, i know that there is a profound difference between the sensual 
experience of the book and reading via the computer screen, i guess i was just 
thinking about what are those differences?

is it something that is "hard wired" in us or will there be fundamental 
changes when there are four or five generations of adults whose primary 
experience with text has been though the screen?  i personally think there 
will, i think my love of blake's book as object has a lot to do with what i 
like to call the cuddle factor--my sensory memories; the texture of the thin 
crisp paper, the peculiar smell, the way the eye scans the page intertwined 
with the mental "wow" of discovery

sorry this didn't have much to do with the anything specific in blake's text, 
i won't post again until i have something to say about that

and thanks Nelson for the Songs site !!!

yunhi lee  


Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 23:50:56 -0500
Subject: YCBA exhibit
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For what it is worth, the catalogue of the exhibition includes, in its
introduction, a detailed account of Paul Mellon's assembling of his
collection, and acknowledges that a few of the items in the exhibit
are not from Mellon's own collection, but are drawn from the general
Yale holdings.  As befits an exhibition catalogue, this publication supplies
an accounting of the provenance of each item in the exhibition as well as
the appreciative description of Mellon's beneficence.
Tom Dillingham


Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 02:19:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: RE: shortcuts in library research
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Dear John,
Thanks for the file enclosure entitled "Shortcuts in Library Research."
 Unfortunately, my Mac doesn't know what program created it, and it can't
find a way to open it.  Perhaps others are having similar problems.
Could you provide some details about the program that created the file, and
the type of file it is (word processing, database, graphic, etc.)
Tom Devine


Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 06:46:53 +0000
From: Scranton 
Subject: Hello.
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Hello everyone.

My name is R. William Scranton.  I like Blake.

I'm new, so I'm gonna get my stupid question out of the way right now:

       You all saw "Dead Man," Jim Jarmusch's latest film, right?  Well, if
you didn't, it's got some William Blake stuff in it, and it's the best movie
I saw in 1996, so you should rent it.

Now, a more serious question--

       One of Blake's poems that struck me the most was "The Chimney Sweep."
If I remember correctly, there's more than poem by that title-- I mean the
one about little Tommy Dacre who has to have his head shaved.  Can any of
you Blake scholars (which I am not, I'm just an appreciator) offer some
enlightenment on this poem?  I'm confused by the part where all of a sudden
everyone -poof- winds up in heaven.  Any help you could offer would be nice.

"The future's uncertain,
 and the end is always near."
-Jim Morrison


Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 05:55:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kari Kraus 
Subject: trickster figure in blake
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I'm forwarding a query from a friend re: the trickster figure in Blake. 
Anyone have any suggestions?  If you post to Jay Winston off-line, please
also include a copy to the group as I think the topic might interest others,
as well.

Thank you--

Kari Kraus 
University of Rochester

Forwarded message:
> From Mon May  5 16:44 EDT 1997
> Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 16:44:31 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Jay Winston 
> To:
> Subject: Bill Blake
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> Hey, Kari,
> I was wondering if you know of anything (I know this stuff exists,
> somebody told me about it once.  I also heard that he did those
> illustrated books differently every time because his printing press was
> broken) what's been written on the trickster figure in Blake (Satan,
> angels, the poet himself).
> I'd appreciate any suggestions (particularly since I'm terrified at the
> thought of typing "William Blake" on the MLA bib.)  
> Jay (


Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 11:19:05 -0500 (CDT)
From: William F Halloran 
Cc:, "R.H. Albright" 
Subject: Re: Frontispiece of "Europe" Again
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The recent exchange about the Europe frontispiece was interesting and 
helpful. The most striking version I have seen was hanging on the wall
at George Goyder's house in Long Melford when I visited him a few years back.  
Its background was black and its sun blood red. I will check the Lister book
because from Jennifer's post it sounds as though the Goyder print resembles
the one Blake made for Tatham.  Could it be a copy? 

That leads me to two questions:

	1) George Goyder believed his print was executed by Blake.  He 
said, however, that Bob Essick, when he saw it, thought it was a copy. I
wonder if anyone has evidence or could point me to evidence either way. 
I have not seen any printed references to the Goyder print, perhaps 
for good reason.  Bob Essick or Jerry Bentley would be the best people 
to respond on this point, but they seem not to be on the list.  It may 
be also that the matter is a bit sensitive in the wake of George 
Goyder's death in January. That leads to a related question:

	2) Can someone point me to the most current source of printed 
information about the various versions of this plate?  Has there been
an article on it in recent years I have missed?  (Dare I ask this question
after Mary Lynn's recent post?)

	The Europe frontispiece may be the most widely known and 
appreciated of all Blake's visual images.  It seems to speak directly 
to people of different religious backgrounds, and I suspect most see it 
as portraying the Judaic-Christian God -- a kind and beneficient one -- 
creating the world. It's appeal is no wonder since it is a magnificent visual
conception, beautifully executed. It came to mind a couple weeks ago -- before 
it entered Blake On-line -- at the great exhibit of Michelangelo drawings 
from Windsor Castle currently at the Art Institute in Chicago.

	The wide appeal of the frontispiece as a happy creation scene does not, 
of course, relieve Blakeans from the responsibility of reflecting on what 
the plate meant to Blake and how his thoughts about it evolved as he made 
new prints and colored them.  More posts on these points would be welcome. 

						Bill Halloran

End of blake-d Digest V1997 Issue #60