Bob Dylan's Career As a Blakean Vision

Bob Dylan's Career As a Blakean Vision

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Bob Dylan’s
as a Blakean
& Romantic

by Eugene Stelzig

Bob Dylan’s Career
as a Blakean Visionary and
by Eugene Stelzig

Milne Library
Geneseo, NY

2013 Eugene Stelzig
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“Bob Dylan’s Career as a Blakean Visionary and Romantic” was completed
in 1976 as an invited contribution to a volume of academic and scholarly
essays on Dylan to be published by the Popular Press and edited by Patrick
Morrow. After the volume was accepted and the publication contract was
signed, the Popular Press reneged on the agreement, apparently because
it felt the volume would fall between the cracks: Dylan’s popular fan base
would not be interested in a book of academic articles, and academics
would not be interested in a pop culture idol. Obviously things have
changed considerably in the intervening decades!
Robert Shelton contacted me when he was writing his biographical study,
No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan (1986), to request
a copy of my essay. He quotes from it several times in the book, but in
the Bibliography (mis)identifies it as an “unpublished dissertation, date
unknown.” Over the years I have had a number of requests for copies of
my article, mostly from graduate students writing dissertations on Dylan,
and more recently from a faculty member teaching a course on Blake and
My discussion—almost four decades ago—of the deep affinities between...

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