In the Sussex village of Felpham, on the southern English coast not far from Bognor, the poet and artist William Blake lived from 1800 to 1803 in a cottage for which he paid the rent of £20 a year. He was helped by the poet William Hayley – much more celebrated than Blake at that time – who lived nearby and was one of the few readers who appreciated the genius of the writer of Songs of Innocence and of Experience, of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, of Jerusalem.

Recently that cottage came up for sale, and since it was one of the only two buildings where Blake had lived that ...


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