THOMPSON, E. P.
Title Witness Against The Beast: William Blake And The Moral Law.
Book Condition Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very good condition.
Edition First Edition.
Publisher The New Press, New York: 1993.
1565840585 / 9781565840584
Seller ID 69854X1
E. P. Thompson's long-awaited book on William Blake was published shortly after the historian's death in August 1993. Written with a vivid passion, and bearing the marks of Thompson's lifelong struggle against authoritarian and anti-humanitarian politics both at the level of the individual and of the state, Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law is a profound enquiry into the structure of Blake's thought and the character of his sensibility. Its qualities are among those which place Thompson himself in the same tradition of dissenting values and non-conforming radicalism represented by Blake some two hundred years earlier. Contents of book: 1. Works or faith?; 2. Antinomianisms; 3. The 'Ranting' impulse; 4. The polite witness; 5. Radical dissent; 6. A peculiar people; 7. Anti-hegemony; Appendix 1. The Muggletonian archive; Appendix 2. William Blake's mother; Part II. Human Images: Introduction; 8. The new Jerusalem Church; 9. 'The Divine Image'; 10. From innocence to experience; 11. 'London'; 12. 'The Human Abstract'; 13. Conclusion. Includes an Index. "Everything characteristic of the late E. P. Thompson - his clarity, humanity, and breadth of learning - is present in this book." Financial Times "The book stands as a tribute by an outstanding historian to an idiosyncratic genius. - Literary Review "Thompson speaks to us once more in his highly individual voice through the pages of this vital and challenging work.'" Tribune "This book should go onto every undergraduate's reading list." - Evening Standard "A stunning, undoubtedly major work." - Anarchist Studies
(Key Words: William Blake, Edward Palmer Thompson, Literary Criticism, English History, Ethics, Radicalism, Religion, Crabb Robinson, Jesus Christ, Jacob Boehme, Deism, Emanuel Swedenborg, Religious Dissenters).