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The American Blake Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor their first Blake Symposium at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois on 21 October 1971. The Symposium will include papers by Stuart Curran, Morris Eaves, John E. Grant, Edward J. Rose, Irene Tayler, and Joseph A. Wittreich, Jr., focusing upon Blake and Tradition.

During the same week Illinois State University will host a Blake Festival beginning Monday, 18 October, with the opening of an exhibition of Blake prints and drawings collected in cooperation with the University of Kansas. The exhibition will close at the University in Normal on 17 November and will open in Lawrence at the University Museum of Art on 28 November, closing 18 December. A printed catalogue will be sold at the exhibition for $1. Readers of the Newsletter wishing copies of this exhibition catalogue may purchase them from the Editors of Blake Studies for $1.50. The catalogue will have about 15 plates and 14 pages of text.

Other activities of the Festival will include a harmonium concert by Allen Ginsberg, a lecture by a major theologian, a production of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a readers’ theater production, a concert of Blake musical settings, and several other performances of note.

For details of the Symposium and a full schedule of the Festival’s events, please write Blake Studies, Department of English, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois 61761. All events are without charge. Your presence and participation in informal discussions are encouraged.

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