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William Blake: The Gates of Paradise

by Michael Bedard

Journey back to the 1700s to meet one of the most fascinating people in history. Dreamer, craftsman, poet, madman, and genius — William Blake. Born in 1757 in London, as a boy he apprenticed as an engraver and began a career that would include masterpieces...

Journey back to the 1700s to meet one of the most fascinating people in history. Dreamer, craftsman, poet, madman, and genius — William Blake. Born in 1757 in London, as a boy he apprenticed as an engraver and began a career that would include masterpieces of art.

Blake lived during times of incredible change and upheaval, including the Gordon Riots and the French Revolution. Spiritualism and the allure of magic were being replaced by a belief in rationalism. Blake celebrated the beauty of small things. His work showed, “…a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower….” [William Blake] Yet, with the noise and dirt of mills (factories), the Industrial Revolution was drowning out a quiet, rural way of life. The value of things made carefully by hand was being lost.

At the same time, the printing press was making it possible for more and more people to read. The rise of printed books and book illustration was revolutionary and Blake was part of it.

On the 250th anniversary of Blake’s birth, master storyteller Michael Bedard brings this Renaissance man and his times to vivid life in this biography that is lavishly illustrated with Blake’s work.

Hardcover - 200 pages - $19.95
ISBN: 088776763X (ISBN13: 9780887767630)
Published Sep 12, 2006 by Tundra Books
First published 2006

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Ms. Hickman (Classroom Teacher)

at Contreras Learning Center-Los Angeles School Of Global Studies, Los Angeles, CA

Here since Dec 12, 2017

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I am a twenty-year teaching veteran with a fierce commitment to getting my students graduated from high school ready for college and life. I incorporate theatre, as well as visual arts and music, into my teaching at every opportunity. As a National Board Certified Teacher, I continue to look for ways to improve my practice.

why I requested this book

I have several students who love reading about history. This would be a valued addition to our library.

I have several students who love reading about history. This would be a valued addition to our library.

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I team-teach 9th grade English and Theatre to 85 students, nearly all of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch, and speak a language other than English at...

I team-teach 9th grade English and Theatre to 85 students, nearly all of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch, and speak a language other than English at home. Our independent reading program challenges students to read 3000 pages a year, with a goal of promoting a love of reading.

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