Saturday, January 13, 2007

William Blake Under the Influence

The British Library celebrates the 250th anniversary of William Blake's birth with an exhibition in the Sir John Ritblat Library:
"The centrepiece of the exhibition is Blake's notebook, which he used to record sketches and draft his poems for over thirty years. The dense, closely-filled pages provide a fascinating insight into Blake's compositional process, and allow us to follow - line by line, correction by correction- the genesis of some of his best-known work, including poems such as London and The Tyger. To commemorate the 250 th anniversary of Blake's birth, the British Library has used its award-winning Turning the Pages technology to create an interactive version of the manuscript."
The exhibition also features "unique items lent or donated by writers and artists who have been inspired in some way by Blake's life and work, including Tracy Chevalier, Philip Pullman and Patti Smith."
For a full description of the Exhibition read the British Library press release here:

To read William Blake's notebook online: