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Bluestalking Reader

Mary, these Norton volumes were the anthologies used when I was an undergraduate. I still have and treasure my copies, and have since added to my collection by buying the Norton Anthologies of World Literature, as well. These are wonderful jumping-off points and can lead you on endless tangents, I'll warn you!

Mary Ronan Drew

Lisa, I haven't read much yet, but the essay on the Romantic Movement was first rate (i.e., it agrees with me.) I'm now engaged in reading the less than stunning poetry of Anna Letitia Barbauld.

md

Bluestalking Reader

I've heard of Barbauld, and that's about as far as my knowledge of her goes. Looks like I needn't worry overmuch about that!

Mary Ronan Drew

I'm afraid Anna Letitia takes herself a bit seriously, Lisa. Can't wait to get to Blake's lamb and his tiger.

md

Bluestalking Reader

It's Blake's art I admire most. I have a volume of his illustrated works (illustrated by himself, that is) that's one of the most gorgeous books I own. Really turbulent stuff, so full of emotion and angst. I'm not positive, but Norton Critical editions may have an illustrated paperback edition of his works. I don't fully trust my memory...

Mary Ronan Drew

There are some Blake illustrations in the Norton anthology, Lisa. They really are strange, aren't they, these pictures, so different from what anyone else was doing in his day.

md

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