William Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (2304 words)


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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of the most audacious works in William Blake’s early production. Blake completed all the 27 plates that compose the book in 1790, printing most of the extant copies in that year. In the mid-1790s he produced three more copies; in 1818 and 1827 he worked on other two richly illuminated versions. Blakean philologist Joseph Viscomi has proved that plates 21-4 had been cut out from the same piece of copper and were probably produced as a separate anti-Swedenborgian pamphlet before he began working on the rest of the book. An early copy of the Marriage consists in fact only of these four plates. It is likely that Blake intended to write a series of independent pamphlets as a preliminary p…

Citation: Volpone, Annalisa. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 June 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=232, accessed 24 June 2021.]

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