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For William Blake, living is creating, conforming is death, and “the imagination . . . is the Human Existence itself.” But why are imagination and creation—so vital for Blake—essential for becoming human? And what is imagination? What is creation? How do we create? Blake had answers for these questions, both in word and in deed, answers that serve as potent teachings for aFor William Blake, living is creating, conforming is death, and “the imagination . . . is the Human Existence itself.” But why are imagination and creation—so vital for Blake—essential for becoming human? And what is imagination? What is creation? How do we create? Blake had answers for these questions, both in word and in deed, answers that serve as potent teachings for aspiring writers and accomplished ones alike. Eric G. Wilson’s My Business Is to Create emulates Blake, presenting the great figure’s theory of creativity as well as the practices it implies.      In both his life and his art, Blake provided a powerful example of creativity at any cost—in the face of misunderstanding, neglect, loneliness, poverty, even accusations of insanity. Just as Los cries out in Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, “I must Create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's; / I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create,” generations of writers and artists as diverse as John Ruskin, William Butler Yeats, Allen Ginsberg, Philip K. Dick, songwriter Patti Smith, the avant-garde filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and the underground comic-book artist R. Crumb have taken Blake’s creed as inspiration.      Unwilling to cede his vision, Blake did more than simply produce iconoclastic poems and paintings; he also cleared a path toward spiritual and ethical enlightenment. To fashion powerful art is to realize the God within and thus to feel connected with enduring vitality and abundant generosity. This is Blake’s everlasting gospel, distilled here in an artist’s handbook of interest to scholars, writing teachers, and those who have made writing their way of life. My Business Is to Create is indispensable for all serious artists who want to transform their lives into art and make their art more alive. ...

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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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My Business Is to Create: Blake's Infinite Writing Reviews

  • Birgit
    2019-04-29 07:48

    While I only knew William Blake through his poetry – and I absolutely love “Auguries of Innocence” – and that brief glimpse into his work as a painter through watching “Red Dragon” where "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun" made its dramatic and edible appearance, I knew little to nothing about Blake himself. So quite obviously my curiosity was sparked when I found out about My Business is to Create: Blake's Infinite Writing.A short yet captivating read, this book offers insight into the basic principles of Blake's visionary practice straight to what keeps the creative visionary in him going. Here, his theories on imagination and creation and the practices it implies come together in a beautifully written little manual aimed at the aspiring and the already accomplished writer alike.Eric G. Wilson created a profound little book, which is definitely one of the best works for writers that I've read in a long time. While I'm usually the kind of person who'll read a book just once, this will definitely go on my to-buy list once it's released. This book is meant to be read again and again to fully unfold its beauty. If you're a fan of Blake's work you'll be in for a real treat and needless to say, any writer should have this treasure on their bookshelf.In short: This book just blew me away. Imagination and creation. Writer's of the world – READ THIS BOOK!!!

  • Audrey Layden
    2019-04-30 05:52

    My Business Is To Create (Blake’s Infinite Writing) by Eric G. Wilson (broadcast 10-17-2011) Based on and celebrating William Blake’s personification of creativity in action, Wilson provides an indispensable writer’s handbook that is a call to consider life itself as a creative act. A small book of just some 85 pages, not including notes, it manages to offer an exquisitely written distillation of Blake’s approach to imagining the world and the effect it has had on so many of those who followed him, from Yeats to Ginsberg, from Emily Dickinson to Phillip K. Dick. Included along the way are wise words for all who write or want to write. A book to excite the way the reader, and the writer, looks at life. Find out more at

  • Carl Bettis
    2019-05-02 02:38

    The subtitle unfortunately implies that William Blake wrote far too much, but that's not Wilson's point. Nor, despite the author's scholarly credentials, is this an academic work. It's more an extended meditation on Blake's life and works.Wilson is obviously a Blake enthusiast, and like many Blake enthusiasts he is inclined to claim too much for his hero. For instance, at one point he says that Blake "is probably the first poet in English to see form not as prior to content but as an extension of content." Does Wilson seriously believe that Shakespeare and Milton were ignorant of this obvious (to any practicing poet) truth? Even Blake's poetic bugbear, Alexander Pope, was well aware of form "as an extension of content" -- see his Essay on Criticism.Fortunately, most of the book is much more insightful than this. Wilson has much to offer on Blake's dialectic, his transcendence of categories, and the central place of imagination in his thought and life. Any writer or artist will draw inspiration from this book. I found it hard to complete, because I kept wanting to stop reading and start writing. That's a good thing.

  • Rebecca Reid
    2019-04-26 00:50

    My Business Is To Create: Blake’s Infinite Writing by Eric G. Wilson (published May 2001 by University of Iowa Press) is partly an homage to the life of William Blake, partly an exercise in literary criticism of Blake’s writing and messages, and partly a manual in how to apply Blake’s literary approach in successfully creating our own beautiful writing. I don’t consider myself either an expert on Blake or a creative writer but I enjoyed the insights into the creative process. Mr Wilson’s short essays on various aspects of the writing process, as related to William Blake’s own processes, were wonderfully written and poetic as themselves even apart from the information they share.A few more thoughts on my blog (and how I need to reread this and Blake...)

  • Jeff
    2019-05-18 05:32

    Eric Wilson writes as if William Blake -- in the height of his visions -- was able to sit down with his poetic descendants (Alan Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Aldous Huxley, Annie Dillard, Jorge Luis Borjes, Ken Kesey and even fussy old C.S. Lewis) and revel in an unending, nonlinear discussion about the power of art and the nature of poetry.

  • Miguel Conner
    2019-04-30 03:25

    Just started reading it as Eric will be interviewed for Aeon Byte next week. Will leave my thoughts soon. Eric is not only one of the world's foremost authorities on Blake, he is probably THE authority on Blake's Gnostic leanings.

  • Darren
    2019-05-23 07:51

    Excellent analysis of Blake's creative process. Really deep philosophically. Had to reread certain parts because I really wanted to understand them. Great reference book for making art or just living.

  • Satia
    2019-05-18 06:52

    It helps to be familiar with William Blake. Much of his work can be found online, facsimiles are available both online and in print, and he's canonical enough to be in almost any public library. For more: