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Winner of the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for a distinguished monograph on Milton published in 2008

Drawing on insightful new findings in the study of seventeenth-century history and in a more nuanced exploration of notions like Puritanism, republicanism, radicalism, and dissent, this book sheds fresh light on the writings, the thought, and the life of poet John Milton, whose career spanned one of the most turbulent periods in English history.

A more human Milton appears in these pages, a Milton who is flawed, self-contradictory, self-serving, arrogant, passionate, ruthless, ambitious, and cunning. He is also among the most accomplished writers of the period, the most eloquent polemicist of the mid-century, and the author of the finest and most influential narrative poem in English, Paradise Lost, which the book examines in detail. The authors also show how, amid the chaos sparked by the shifting political circumstances of the period, Milton emerged as a major political thinker and a significant systematic theologian. Working through Milton's polemical and imaginative works, the book unravels the evolution of his thought as he moves from a culturally advanced but ideologically repressive young manhood, to his struggle for a new reformation of the church and a defense of regicide and republicanism, and finally to his thinking about how to retain ideological integrity in the threatening context of the Restoration. The authors also examine his final years--years of creative fulfillment and renewed political engagement.

What Milton achieved in the face of crippling adversity, blindness, bereavement, and political eclipse, remains wondrous. Here is a fascinating biography of this towering literary figure--the first new serious study in forty years--one that profoundly challenges the received wisdom about one of England's leading poets and thinkers.

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Written by two of the world's leading Milton scholars, widely praised as "illuminating" (Times Literary Supplement), "seamlessly written (Publishers Weekly), and "a book of permanent value" (Literary Review), and winner of the Milton Society's James Holly Hanford Award, this magnificent biography sheds fresh new light on the writings, the thought, and the life of poet John Milton. A more human Milton appears in these pages, a Milton who is flawed, self-contradictory, self-serving, arrogant, passionate, ruthless, ambitious, and cunning. He is also among the most accomplished writers of the period, the most eloquent polemicist of the mid-century, and the author of the finest and most influential narrative poem in English, Paradise Lost, which the book examines in detail. What Milton achieved in the face of crippling adversity, blindness, bereavement, and political eclipse, remains wondrous. Here is a fascinating biography of this towering literary figure--the first new serious study in forty years--one that profoundly challenges the received wisdom about one of England's leading poets and thinkers.

About the Author

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at University of Leicester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is a former chairman of the English Association and of the Society for Renaissance Studies He has published widely on Milton and on art and architecture, mostly for OUP.

Thomas N. Corns is Professor of English at Bangor University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the English Association. He has published six books on Milton and other books on seventeenth-century literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I 1608-1632

1. Childhood

2. St Paul's School

3. Cambridge: the undergraduate years

4. Cambridge: the postgraduate years

Part II 1632-1639

5. Hammersmith

6. Horton

7. Italy

Part III 1639-49

8. The Crisis of Government

9. The First Civil War

10. The Road to Regicide

Part IV 1649-1660

11. The Purged Parliament

12. The Protectorate

13. From the Death of Oliver Cromwell to the Restoration

Part V 1660-67

14. Milton in 1660

15. Surviving the Restoration

16. Plague, Fire and Paradise Lost

17. The Sunlit Uplands

Part VI 1667 and after

18. Posthumous Life and Nachlass

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199289844
Subtitle:
Life, Work, and Thought
Author:
Corns, Thomas N.
Author:
Campbell, Gordon
Author:
null, Thomas N.
Author:
null, Gordon
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History
Subject:
Poets, English
Subject:
Great Britain History Stuarts, 1603-1714.
Subject:
Milton, John
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 17th C
Subject:
Restoration
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 17th C & Restoration
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Publication Date:
20081115
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 halftones
Pages:
476
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.3 x 1.8 in 1.975 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Written by two of the world's leading Milton scholars, widely praised as "illuminating" (Times Literary Supplement), "seamlessly written (Publishers Weekly), and "a book of permanent value" (Literary Review), and winner of the Milton Society's James Holly Hanford Award, this magnificent biography sheds fresh new light on the writings, the thought, and the life of poet John Milton. A more human Milton appears in these pages, a Milton who is flawed, self-contradictory, self-serving, arrogant, passionate, ruthless, ambitious, and cunning. He is also among the most accomplished writers of the period, the most eloquent polemicist of the mid-century, and the author of the finest and most influential narrative poem in English, Paradise Lost, which the book examines in detail. What Milton achieved in the face of crippling adversity, blindness, bereavement, and political eclipse, remains wondrous. Here is a fascinating biography of this towering literary figure--the first new serious study in forty years--one that profoundly challenges the received wisdom about one of England's leading poets and thinkers.
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