Sylvia Clayton

Blake’s Progress

Witness against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law


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Lecturing in New York in 1968 the historian E P Thompson defined himself as a Muggletonian Marxist. In later years he was to admit that his allegiance to both Muggleton and Marx was less than wholehearted, but it is primarily as a Muggletonian that he has written this his final book – Thompson died in August 1993 after a long illness – a brilliantly illuminating exploration of some of the forces that shaped the imagination of William Blake.

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