January 13, 2011

Review - My Business Is To Create (Eric G. Wilson)

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!!!

5/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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