Why Mrs Blake Cried: William Blake and the Erotic Imagination

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Written by a leading William Blake scholar, this is an intriguing and controversial history of the poet and artist, which reveals a world of waking visions, magical practices, sexual-spiritual experimentation, tantric sex and free love.
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Marsha Keith Schuchard received a PhD in British Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, where she began exploring the esoteric-erotic underground of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century secret societies. In Restoring the Temple of Vision: Cabalistic Freemasonry and Stuart Culture (2002), she revealed the early traditions of Jewish and Masonic mysticism that would later influence William Blake. Her archival discoveries about the Moravian and Swedenborgian background of Blake's family reveal new sources for his revolutionary expressions of sexualized spirituality. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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"The research here is very extensive. Fans of biographical minutiae will find it invaluable, and the closing insights into the refusal of Blake's libido to synchronise with his fading physicality are deeply moving" Niall Ferguson, Telegraph "This remarkable book opens the reader's eyes to what fired Blake's writings and art" Independent "This fascinating book reconfigures the way we see the 18th century...Suchard's book brings a fascinating new light to bear on Blake's work" Seven, The Sunday Telegraph "Exposes a forgotten visionary/sexual underworld. Scholarship with the momentum of a detective story" Helen Simpson, Guardian

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