Bruno - A Personal View
by Rita Bronowski
He was glad to have the excuse to pose but found it boring and asked for a thick book. I had a collection
of William Blake, complete with the prophetic books, on the shelf. he settled into this with some misgivings. Like many people he thought of Blake as an accentric and a mystical, otherworldly character.
At this reading he had sudden insight into the heart of the man, whom he saw to be a true man of his time, a real revolutionary. Bruno rushed off to research the newspapers of the time and wrote a breakthrough book called William Blake, A Man without a Mask
which has had a strong effect on the manner in which William Blake is viewed today.
Bruno and I were married bright and early one Monday morning in 1941 during
a daylight air raid on London. We lived in Hull for a short time until we were moved to more secret places because of his war work
He was an extraordinarily whole person and his thinking had a consistency unusual in these times. he was a thinking man,
an endangered species. All his life he treated art and science as the same expression of the human imagination. The theme of the imagination ran
like a bright ribbon through the fabric of his thought.
He was a warm and witty man, easy to love.
Copyright © 1999 by Stephen Moss. All rights reserved.