Long-lost etchings by writer William Blake have been discovered in a library in Manchester, England. The Romantic poet and author was also a talented artist -- one whose repertoire has just been expanded by this large etching collection.
Three hundred and fifty plates were found in a two-year search by students from the University of Manchester and art historian Colin Trodd, who is a Blake expert, the Independent reports.
Blake was born in 1757 in London, the son of a glove merchant, and said to have had visions from a young age. His best-known works of poetry may be the collections "Songs of Innocence" (1789) and "Songs of Experience" (1794).
During his lifetime, he was something of an artist's artist; Samuel Taylor Coleridge considered Blake a "man of Genius," according to the Academy of American Poets. His writing has inspired generations of poets, including Allen Ginsberg.