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Title: 'Sparks of Fire': William Blake in Felpham, 1800-1803
Author: Crosby, Mark Christopher
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 0278
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is a minute biographical investigation into William Blake's life and work while living at Felpham, Sussex between 1800 and 1803. During this period Blake's patron was the poet, biographer, and man of letters, William Hayiey. Previous scholarship on Blake's relationship with Hayiey has tended to focus on biographical eadings of Blake's penultimate illuminated book, Milton. These readings have consistently presented Hayiey as a negative influence on Blake. Instead, I use an interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate that Hayley's influence on Blake was productive and diverse, inspiring the composition of his two longest and most important works in illuminated printing.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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