28. March 2012 · Comments Off on Blake’s Infinite Writing · Categories: Society News

6.30 pm Tuesday 17 April 2012

The City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St. Ann’s

Street, London SW1P 2DE – just off Parliament Square

Blake’s Infinite Writing

A Talk by Eric Wilson


One of the most extraordinary evocations of Blake in many years,

My Business Is to Create : Blake’s Infinite Writing is also a manual

on creative writing, the jewel on which a writer’s life might turn.

In this talk the author invokes a specific kind of irony – he calls it

transcendental irony – to explore Blake’s life and art in a new way.

In particular, Wilson sheds fresh light on Blake’s idea of the infinite.


Eric G. Wilson is the Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at

Wake Forest University, where he teaches Romantic poetry, film and

literature, and literary nonfiction. He is the author of many books,

most recently My Business Is to Create: Blake’s Infinite Writing

(University of Iowa Press) and Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck:

Why We Can’t Look Away (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). Earlier titles

include Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, an LA Times

bestseller, and The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and

Grace, an account of how Blake’s idea of forgiveness helped Wilson

in his struggle with clinical depression.

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