'William Blake dreamed up the original Enitharmon as one of his inspiriting, good, female daemons, and his own spirit as a poet-artist, printer-publisher still lives in the press which bears the name of his creation. Enitharmon is a rare and wonderful phenomenon, a press where books are shaped into artefacts of lovely handiwork as well as communicators of words and worlds. The writers and the artists published here over the last forty-five years represent a truly historic gathering of individuals with an original vision and an original voice, but the energy is not retrospective: it is growing and new ideas enrich the list year by year. Like an ecologist who manages to restock the meadows with a nearly vanished species of wild flower or brings a rare pair of birds back to found a colony, this publisher has dedicatedly and brilliantly made a success of that sharply endangered species, the independent press.'
Enitharmon is the name William Blake gave to a character representing spiritual beauty and the inspiration of the poet. Our logo derives from a Blake woodcut.
Enitharmon Press is the most venerable of the independent poetry presses. Founded in 1967 by the bibliophile and collector Alan Clodd, it soon established a reputation for high production quality, painstaking editorial standards and the resurrection of neglected texts from particularly prolific literary periods. The name of the press derived from William Blake’s Enitharmon, a muse of poetry and painting and representation of spiritual beauty. The logo of the Press derives from a Blake woodcut.
Our ambition is to publish a range of writers, dictated neither by convention nor fashion. We are as proud of our work with new and emerging writers as we are of the books we have produced with some of the most popular and well established poets and artists of our time. We have also often collected poems together in thematic anthologies compiled by leading writers and scholars.
In its early years Enitharmon Press was associated with such leading literary figures as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Kathleen Raine and John Heath-Stubbs. More recently we have worked with such distinguished writers as Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Simon Armitage, Sir Geoffrey Hill and Michael Longley.
Enitharmon Editions was founded in 2001, dedicated to developing collaborations between writers and artists as well as stand-alone art books.