BLAKE SOCIETY NEWS
The Blake Society at St James’s, Piccadilly, London presented three lectures and a retrospective of the work of Humphrey Jennings this fall. On 13 September Peter Marshall, whose publications include William Godwin (Yale UP, 1987) and William Blake: Visionary Anarchist (Freedom Press, 1988) spoke on “The Visionary Anarchism of William Blake.” On 12 October Geoffrey Ashe gave a talk on “Blake’s Albion and Arthur,” accompanied by Caitlín Matthews on the harp. This talk explored Blake’s myth of the Giant Albion in relation to King Arthur; the music was drawn from Arthurian and Mabon traditions. The third lecture in the program featured Andrew Lincoln, who spoke on “‘All[e] Nature is But Art, Unknown to Thee’: Eighteenth-Century Optimism and Blake’s ‘Innocence.’ ” Other events include a two-hour retrospective of the work of Humphrey Jennings—poet, painter, and film-maker—and a celebration of Blake’s birthday on Tuesday, 28 November.