Does the Devil lie at the heart of the creative process? In The Devil as Muse , Fred Parker offers an entirely fresh reflection on the age-old question, echoing William Blake's famous statement: "the true poet is of the Devil's party." Expertly examining three literary interpretations of the Devil and his influence upon the artist--Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost , the Mephistopheles of Goethe's Faust, and the one who offers daimonic creativity in Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus.
This volume on Blake follows the writer's life and combines biography and critical analysis. Covering Blake's early career, his major works and his work as a visual artist, this new study will be a must for all Blake scholars and enthusiasts.
Since its first publication in 1965, this edition has been widely hailed as the best available text of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom.