John Milton: A Biography

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Lion Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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John Milton (1608–1674) is often regarded as one of England’s greatest poets, second only to Shakespeare. Best known for his magnum opus Paradise Lost, Milton was also one of history’s most politically active writers. A radical Protestant and staunch republican, he served as Latin secretary to Oliver Cromwell during the Commonwealth and throughout his life wrote eloquent treatises on topics including divorce, freedom of the press, kingship, and education. This extensive look at Milton’s life and ethos addresses the psychological complexities and political tenets of the man who dared to put words in God’s mouth, and whose life was spared following the restoration of the monarchy due only to his reputation as a poet.

 

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Contents

Abbreviations
6
Prefate
7
Blind Love
9
St Pauls
15
Cambridge
21
Early Signs of Genius
29
Studious Retirement
36
Coping with DeathzLycidas
48
Cromwell Protector
126
A Long Argument to Prove That God is Not the Devil
135
Expiring Liberty
142
With Dangers Compast Round
148
Plague and Paradise Lost
156
Fire and War
162
Adam Eve and Satan
168
Chaos Hell and the Ribs of Gold
179

Foreign Parts
59
No Bishop No King
67
Mary Powell
78
CivilWar
84
New Houses and a Family
95
RudestViolence
101
Image Breaking
107
Blindness
115
Emptying the Desk
190
Paradise Regaiaed
201
Final Accomplishment
210
Epilogue
224
Refereates
234
Index
245
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About the author (2008)

Neil Forsyth is the author of The Satanic Epic, winner of the 2004 James Holly Hanford prize from the Milton Society of America, and the coeditor of Milton, Rights and Liberties.

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