Work in Progress and a Query
Stephen Cobb: a dissertation at Sussex University on “The Role of the Genesis Ms. in Blake’s Last Works”—an indication of the importance we may attach to the didactic works within Blake’s overall artistic and intellectual development. Cobb has the following query for our readers:
I am looking for any published discussions, reproductions, or descriptions of the thirteen-page transcription of Genesis begun by Blake in manuscript with rough drawings and some coloring. I am writing a dissertation at Sussex on “The Role of the Genesis Ms. in Blake’s Last Works,” examining the imagery of the Genesis Ms. in order to shed light on the final years of Blake’s work, his final interests and statements. There is some evidence to suggest continuity between his first simple didactic statements in illuminated form and the last works, The Everlasting Gospel, The Ghost of Abel, the Laocoön engraving, and of course the Genesis Ms.
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QS