(From the publisher):
It is the year 1796. The wardrums of the French Revolution echo across Europe. They are heard in Britain where a frightened government, facing the social upheaval of its own Industrial Revolution, prepares to break anyone it thinks revolutionary.
It is a time of anxiety, violence and suspicion, and through it walks the visionary artist, William Blake. His ideas are strange, and out of tune with the times: he belives in the good in people and in the redemption of man. As Blake becomes more obsessed by his visions his friends fall away, leaving him isolated, poor, unable to find sympathy or understanding for his ideas or publishers for his works, and even coming under suspicion as a man of revolutionary spirit.
In this novel Blake is seen through the eyes of his friends and his enemies, his wife, his matter-of-fact apprentice, a Government spy - and they are seen through his transforming gaze.
Original title: The Gates of Paradise
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ England
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Fictional Biographies
- Illustrated by Fermin Rocker