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Spiritual history : a reading of William Blake's Vala, or The four Zoas / monograph.

Author: Andrew Lincoln
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford Unuversity Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William Blake's The Four Zoas is one of the most challenging poems in the English language, and one of the least read of the major poetic narratives of the Romantic period.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Blake
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Lincoln
ISBN: 0198183143 9780198183143
OCLC Number: 907241821
Notes: This edition originally published 1995 and reprinted 2011.
Description: xvi, 322 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Copperplate Text. 1. A History of the Cosmos --
pt. II. A Dream of Nine Nights. 2. Breaking the Bounds of Destiny. 3. A Vision of Progress. 4. The Progress of Prophecy. 5. The Progress of Reason. 6. The Human Abstract. 7. The Progress of Empire. 8. The Last Judgement --
pt. III. The Major Revisions. 9. A Christian Vision --
pt. IV. Final Changes. 10. Buried Beneath the Ruins --
Appendix 1 A Note on the Illustrations --
Appendix 2 Interim Revisions --
Appendix 3 The Gardens of Vala --
Appendix 4 Two Textual Problems.
Responsibility: Andrew Lincoln.

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