Melton prior Institut


Linton- Life in the Collections

Deborah Dorfman:

31) Blake in the 19th Century. His Reputation as a Poet from Gilchrist to Yeats.

New Haven 1969.

This influential study traces the gradual recognition of Blake’s crucial role as one of the foremost poets and artists. Although Deborah Dorfman examines the circumstances of the writing and editing of Alexander Gilchrist’s Blake biography in great detail, she completely passes over Linton’s participation as a pictorial editor and engraver completely over. She doesn’t even mention his function as a co-editor of the popular English Verses anthology, which granted Blake’s poetry a prominent position alongside Robert Burns as a people’s poet. So this otherwise very accurate study is only one more telling document of the state of oblivion, in which Linton remained in the fifties and sixties.