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William Blake and the Myth of America: From the Abolitionists to the Counterculture

Linda Freedman


This book tells the story of William Blake’s literary reception in America and suggests that ideas about Blake’s poetry and personality helped shape mythopoeic visions of America from the abolitionists to the counterculture. It links high and low culture and covers poetry, music, theology, and the novel. American writers have turned to Blake in times of cataclysmic change, terror, and hope to rediscover the symbolic meaning of their country. Blake entered American society when slavery was rife and civil war threatened the fragile experiment of democracy. He found his moment in the mid-twentiet ... More

Keywords: William Blake, America, reception, literature, theology, music, nineteenth century, modernism, counterculture, mythopoesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813279
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Freedman, author
Lecturer in English and American Literature, University College London