The Cynic Sang: The Blake Archive and Blake Quarterly Blog

Rachel Lee

A voracious reader my entire life, I earned an M.A. in English from the University of Maine and am now a Ph.D. student in the department of English at the University of Rochester. As the Graduate Instructor Training Coordinator in the College Writing Program, I teach a pedagogy course for graduate students who will be designing their own writing classes for first-year students. I have been working with the William Blake Archive for much of my graduate existence. I coordinate editorial projects and teams of project assistants, and have published about electronically editing Blake’s manuscripts.

In my spare time, I read books about zombies, tolerate my aging pug, and write my dissertation on the printing revolution of the Romantic period.

rachel.lee [at]


  1. Hi Rachel,

    I hope you can find a space on your wonderful blog to announce the release of “William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience” on 28th November 2011. here’s a link to the press release also downloadable in PDF format:

    You can hear samples of the album at

    Comment by victorvertunni — October 31, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  2. Hello. You might be the only one who can help me. In reading the famous Irish blessing “May God hold you in the palm of His hand”, an image immediately came to my mind:
    a huge God-like old bearded, white clothed man sitting in the center, and leaning forward to put down on the ground a tiny human figure to his right.

    It has to be by Blake, but I have been unable to find the work in any possible google permutation on the name of Blake and at your site. Am I imagining things? I’ll be grateful for your help.

    Comment by Glauco Frizzera — April 3, 2014 @ 11:49 am

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