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Re: Self-published best-sellers?

Even though Blake was a professional engraver by trade and a member of the
academy as such, the bulk of his work as you describe it was actually
relief etching, printed before rollers were invented and not engravings.
The book of job and others were engraved, such as the epic poem
_The_Grave_ which was engraved by an Italian engraver, engaged by Blake's
publisher.  Most of his works are hand colored relief prints.  Unique for
the time for sure.



At 11:37 AM 5/22/99 EDT, you wrote:
>Frost didn't self publishe, but had his first collection come out in England.
>did self-promote a lot, tho! Walt Whitman wrote and self-published Leaves of
>Grass all his life--his only book, kept adding to it. and in a way, Emily
>Dickinson self-collected all her 1776 poems in little books she sewed
>herself, called fascicles, found in the drawers of her desk after her death.
>Maybe the most famous self-publisher was the British poet William Blake who
>was an engraver by trade. He brought out his poems in a number of books with
>lavish colored engravings. moved poems around in different sections and
>different books. Self-publishing ironically has a bad rep in academic
>publishing circles, but these same people hold up Blakem Whitman, Dickinson
>and greats! Laurie O'Brien

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