Praise for Other Sorrows, Other Joys
"An absolutely charming novel about William Blake's supposedly meek and ignorant wife, Catherine Sophia Boucher. In her book, Janet Warner reveals a complex and thoroughly engrossing life full of secrets, visions, reason, joy, wise women, angels, Satan as Energy, visiting spirits, Jimsonweed, a man-midwife, mesmerism, Beulah (that state of inspiration), and all the wonderful historical figures of Blake's circle, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Henry Fuseli, Joseph Johnson. Warner, using a kind of guileless prose mirroring her heroine's station in life, manages to convey the extraordinary in a most disarming manner. The unsuspecting reader is drawn into a swirl of emotion, ideas, and the great pleasure of a very good read."
--Frances Sherwood, author of The Book of Splendor, Green, and Vindication
"Other Sorrows, Other Joys brings to life what often gets lost in the interstices of biography: the collaborators who have lived in the shadow of their brilliant and visionary partners. Janet Warner's excavation, quiet yet transcendental, mirrors Blake's art and takes us on a meditative journey. It's a joy to read."
--Alev Lytle Croutier, author of Seven Houses
"Janet Warner has a gift for the telling fictional detail. Even when she invents dialogue for William Blake, her inventions are persuasively in character. Other Sorrows, Other Joys will be read with pleasure and profit by anyone interested in William Blake, in the life of the spirit, and in the wife of a strange genius."
--G. E. Bentley, author of The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake