Blake's London

The Topographic Sublime

by Iain Sinclair


‘No one has ever written quite like Iain Sinclair. He will, without doubt,
prove the indelible diarist of our age — our post-punk Pepys’
- Observer

‘Sinclair’s prose is vertiginous and polychromatic…a master of the
literary collage’ - Peter Ackroyd, The Times

Format: limited edition hardback
Pages: 72
Publisher: The Swedenborg Society
Dimensions: 205x130mm
Language: English
Text: Iain Sinclair
Series editor/designer: Stephen McNeilly
Place of publication: London, UK.
Date of publication: 2011 (second printing, 2012; edition of 2000)

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Blake's London: The Topographic Sublime
(ISBN: 978-0-85448-170-5)


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What was William Blake’s relation with London? And how did this relation shape his poetic visions? In this small and specially-designed volume, Iain Sinclair takes the reader on a discursive journey through Blake's London showing how, in Blake’s vast and rich poetry, language and imagination conjoin to delineate a profound engagement with place. First delivered as a lecture at Swedenborg Hall on Friday 2nd Nov, 2007, this revised text is the perfect introduction to Blake’s singular experience of the city, his relation to Swedenborg, and to a visionary tradition of poets from John Clare to Allen Ginsberg.

IAIN SINCLAIR has lived in and written about London since 1969. A renowned essayist and writer of fiction, Iain’s early work consisted mostly of poetry which he published on his own small press, Albion Village Press. His novels include Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Prize and the Encore Prize), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and Dining on Stones (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital, Hackney: My Rose Red Empire and most recently Ghostmilk: Calling Time on the Grand Project.

BLAKE’S LONDON is the first in a series of pocketbooks making available material from the SWEDENBORG ARCHIVE.

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This prismatic vision of London through Blake’s inspiration is dazzling. -
(Iain Finlayson, The Times) Read the full review here.

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Also by Iain Sinclair ...

Several Clouds Colliding, a co-publication by the Swedenborg Archive & Book Works.  Further information.

Several Clouds Colliding by Iain Sinclair & Brian Catling


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