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Poet, painter, and printmaker, William Blake was born in London in 1757. Though his contemporaries largely dismissed him as eccentric, later generations have rediscovered Blake with respect and critical attention. Encouraged by his father, Blake studied drawing at school, later apprenticing for seven years with an engraver. Among his illustrations are drawings and engravings for The Divine Comedy and The Book of Job, and for Milton's Paradise Lost and Mary Wollstonecraft's Original Stories from Real Life. His most notable writings include Songs of Innocence (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790-1793), Songs of Experience (1794), and Jerusalem (1804-1820). Blake died in 1827; the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica now recognizes him as a saint.