Read Blake or go to hell: That’s my message to the modern world.
—NORTHROP FRYE.

Blake’s writings in the standard printed edition, David V. Erdman’s Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Revised ed. (New York: Doubleday, 1988), is now available online at
http://www.english.uga.edu/nhilton/Blake/blaketxt1/
and, with a different interface, at
http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/erdman.html.

As part of the Blake Archive, Alexander S. Gourlay has compiled “An Emergency Online Glossary of Terms, Names, and Concepts in Blake”

For Blake’s paintings and work in illuminated printing, The William Blake Archive is a magnificent project that aims to make all of William Blake’s visual work available to the public in high-resolution images.

The four major holdings of Blake’s works in the UK are

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/
(Works by Blake always on show with frequent changing exhibitions.  Specialist viewing for works not on view by appointment.)

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
(Occasional exhibitions.  Blake works viewed by appointment in Study Room.)

British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
http://www.britishmuseum.org/the_museum/departments/prints_and_drawings.aspx
(The Department provides access for members of the public to carry out their own research in its study rooms, which are open to all.)

The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
The BL has important holdings of Blake including the manuscript known as The Four Zoas and The Notebook. It also publishes articles and videos illuminating Blake’s work and practice.
http://www.bl.uk/people/william-blake

Scholarly articles on Blake and his contemporaries can be found in many places on the net.  We particularly recommend

Esoterica
www.esoteric.msu.edu/
A peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the transdisciplinary study of Western esotericism.  Note especially:
Marsha Keith Schuchard’s ground-breaking article “Why Mrs Blake cried”
http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/VolumeII/BlakeFull.html
and
Robert Rix, “William Blake and the Radical Swedenborgians”
http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/VolumeV/Blake.htm

Romantic Circles
http://www.rc.umd.edu/
An extensive research site devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture, published by the University of Maryland and edited by Neil Fraistat, Steve Jones, and Carl Stahmer.

Romanticism on the Net
http://www.ron.umontreal.ca/
An international quarterly academic journal, edited by Michael Eberle-Sinatra.

 

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