Marsha Keith Schuchard received a Ph.D. in British literature for her explorations into the esoteric-erotic underground traditions of 17th- to 20th-century secret societies and their influence on British and Irish poets and artists. She is the author of Restoring the Temple of Vision and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
. . . using new and fastidious research methods, Schuchard breaks
new ground with her investigation of the psycho-sexual practices
that surround this famous artist.-- "SirReadaLot.org, June
"Exposes a forgotten visionary/sexual underworld. Scholarship with the momentum of a detective story."-- "Iain Sinclair, The Guardian"
"Fans of biographical minutiae will find it invaluable, and the closing insights into the refusal of Blake's libido to synchronize with his fading physicality are deeply moving."-- "Niall Griffiths, The Telegraph"
"Influenced by alchemists, kabbalists, and Emanuel Swedenborg, Blake became interested in sexual techniques in order to achieve spiritual vision. . . . [This book] bravely explores the 'sexual-spiritual underworld' of this great poet and artist, drawing on newly uncovered archives and photographic techniques that reveal the extreme eroticism of Blake's drawings before they were censored. . . . A fascinating history of both the erotic and the occult. The prose is fast-paced and accessible, and the author thoroughly reanimates her subject's extraordinarily unorthodox ideals of sexuality."-- "Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, The Sunday Times"
"Schuchard places Blake at the heart of a secret London as high on spiritualized sexuality as San Francisco in the 'summer of love.'"-- "Miranda Seymour, The Sunday Times"
"Schuchard reveals a weird esoteric, erotic, and apocalyptic counterculture, brewing in what we otherwise consider the 'enlightened' eighteenth century."-- "Gary Lachman, The Independent on Sunday"
"This remarkable book opens the reader's eyes to what fired Blake's writings and art."-- "David V. Bennett, The Independent"
Blake's efforts to go very deeply into the physical in order to better experience the divine are typical of most refined thinking of his day, in which science lagged behind the longings of the human spirit for true unfettered spiritual opening. Its author is a recognized expert in this subject matter.-- "Barbara Bamberger Scott, Curled Up With a Good Book, July 2008"
Dr. Schuchard (Ph.D. in British literature) has worked diligently to present information which expands our understanding of William Blake's lifetime (1757-1827), and its impact on his own subsequent generations. He has been praised and vilified; exalted and suppressed; called a genius and a pervert. Modern research has done much to flesh out the perceptions which have existed, and the author has made a major contribution by assembling much of this newly discovered information into an easily accessible, and readable, book.-- "Spiral Nature, September 2010"
Dr. Schuchard has worked diligently to present information which expands our understanding of William Blake's lifetime (1757-1827), and its impact on his own and subsequent generations.-- "Michael Gleason, Witchgrove.com, June 2008"
Fueled by new archival discoveries of Blake family documents, [Schuchard's] analysis probes spiritual paths and recreates sexual focuses of his work which were initially changed by his pious executor. New Age libraries will find it a winner.-- "The Midwest Book Review, Aug 2008"
This is a landmark book and critical to anyone seeking to appreciate the cultural climate of esotericism in the late Eighteenth into the early and mid Nineteenth Century.-- "Institute of Hermetic Studies, Aug 2008"