William Blake: The Gates of Paradise

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9780887767630: William Blake: The Gates of Paradise

Journey back to the 1700s to meet one of the most fascinating people in history. Dreamer, craftsman, poet, madman, and genius — William Blake. Born in 1757 in London, as a boy he apprenticed as an engraver and began a career that would include masterpieces of art.

Blake lived during times of incredible change and upheaval, including the Gordon Riots and the French Revolution. Spiritualism and the allure of magic were being replaced by a belief in rationalism. Blake celebrated the beauty of small things. His work showed, “...a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower....” [William Blake] Yet, with the noise and dirt of mills (factories), the Industrial Revolution was drowning out a quiet, rural way of life. The value of things made carefully by hand was being lost.

At the same time, the printing press was making it possible for more and more people to read. The rise of printed books and book illustration was revolutionary and Blake was part of it.

On the 250th anniversary of Blake’s birth, master storyteller Michael Bedard brings this Renaissance man and his times to vivid life in this biography that is lavishly illustrated with Blake’s work.

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About the Author:

Michael Bedard was born and raised in Toronto. His novels include Stained Glass, A Darker Magic, Painted Devil, and Redwork, which received the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award for Children. He has also written several acclaimed picture books, including The Clay Ladies, which received the Toronto IODE Book Award. His most recent project was a collection of short stories entitled, The Painted Wall. Michael Bedard lives in Toronto.

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Bedard provides a satisfying biography of English artist, poet, and visionary William Blake. Born in 1757, Blake was apprenticed in his teens to an old-school engraver and learned the craft that shaped his artistic expression. His life coincided with England's industrialization, which he deplored. Each chapter begins with a different phrase and small engraving from Blake's The Gates of Paradise. These relate to events in Blake's life while bringing the reader back again and again to his art. Illustrated with drawings, paintings, engravings, and photos of sites and artifacts, the book is handsomely produced, though, given the brilliance of Blake's watercolors, the lack of color in the interior illustrations is sometimes regrettable. Bedard writes with precision, simplicity, and grace, conveying not only Blake's passions and disappointments but also his inner compass and the happiness he found with his wife: "Their habits were simple, their wants were few, and they were content in one another's company." Source notes, a selected bibliography, and illustration credits conclude this fine biography about an individual who is unfamiliar to many teens. Carolyn Phelan
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