John Milton: A Biography (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from John Milton: A Biography
Several obvious reasons may account for this neglect; and the first of these is, that a somewhat repulsive inﬂuence obstructs the inquirer at the very threshold of this rare but almost unexplored cabinet of British literature.
The very names of many of Milton's prose works present themselves to all but the learned, as an array of quaint forms, which frown upon the uninitiated. Their style, like the waters of the fabled stream, is turbid with the grains of classic gold; and the literary habits of the writer were so closely connected with ancient and foreign literature, as to deprive his writings of that strictly national character which is essential to a wide popularity.
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