The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 796 pages
Providing a close examination of Milton's wide-ranging prose and poetry at each stage of his life, Barbara Lewalski reveals a rather different Milton from that in earlier accounts.

  • Provides a close analysis of each of Milton's prose and poetry works.
  • Reveals how Milton was the first writer to self consciously construct himself as an 'author'.
  • Focuses on the development of Milton's ideas and his art.

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Contents

A Critical Biography Revised Edition 1 The Childhood Shews the Man 16081625
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 2 To Cambridge for Seven Years 16251632
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 3 Studious Retirement Hammersmith and Horton 16321638
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 4 I Became Desirous of Seeing Foreign Parts Especially Italy 16381639
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 5 All Mouths Were Opened Against the Bishops 16391642
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 6 Domestic or Personal Liberty 16421645
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 7 Service Between Private Walls 16451649
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 8 The Socalled Council of State Desired to Employ My Services 16491652
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 11 The Last Words of Our Expiring Libertie 16581660
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 12 In Darknes and with Dangers Compast Round 16601665
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 13 Higher Argument Completing and Publishing Paradise Lost 16651669
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 14 To Try and Teach the Erring Soul 16691674
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition Epilogue Something Written to Aftertimes
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition Notes
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition Select Bibliography
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition Index
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 9 Tireless for the Sake of Liberty 16521654
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A Critical Biography Revised Edition 10 I Still Bear Up and Steer Right Onward 16541658
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About the author (2008)

Barbara Lewalski is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English Literature and of History and Literature, and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Harvard University. She has been named honored scholar by the Milton Society of America, and has served as President of that organization and of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her numerous publications include Milton's Brief Epic: The Genre, Meaning and Art of "Paradise Regained" (1966), Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth Century Religious Lyric (1979, winner of the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association), Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms (1985), Writing Women in Jacobean England (1993), and The Polemics and Poems of Rachel Speght (editor, 1996).

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