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 2 November 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.
Swedenborg Archive series
Blake’s London: the Topographic Sublime is the first in series of Swedenborg archive pocket books. Edited by Stephen McNeilly, and drawing on miscellaneous material from the Swedenborg archives, the aim of the series is to make available in printed form, lectures, interviews and other unique items that would otherwise remain unseen by a broader audience.
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, that Rose-Red Empire and most recently Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project.