Paradise Lost

ISBN-10: 048644287X
ISBN-13: 9780486442877
Edition: 2005
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List price: $6.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

First published in 1667, "Paradise Lost is considered to be the greatest epic poem in English literature. Written in twelve books, the blank verse poem tells the biblical story of Adam and Eve's fall from grace and subsequent expulsion from Paradise. In sublime poetry of extraordinary beauty, Milton creates a rich and complex Christian mythology that has inspired countless writers and artists. It continues to be required reading in high school and college literature courses and is a long-standing favorite with lovers of English poetry.

John Milton, English scholar and classical poet, is one of the major figures of Western literature. He was born in 1608 into a prosperous London family. By the age of 17, he was proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Milton attended Cambridge University, earning a B.A. and an M.A. before secluding himself for five years to read, write and study on his own. It is believed that Milton read evertything that had been published in Latin, Greek, and English. He was considered one of the most educated men of his time. Milton also had a reputation as a radical. After his own wife left him early in their marriage, Milton published an unpopular treatise supporting divorce in the case of incompatibility. Milton was also a vocal supporter of Oliver Cromwell and worked for him. Milton's first work, Lycidas, an elegy on the death of a classmate, was published in 1632, and he had numerous works published in the ensuing years, including Pastoral and Areopagitica. His Christian epic poem, Paradise Lost, which traced humanity's fall from divine grace, appeared in 1667, assuring his place as one of the finest non-dramatic poet of the Renaissance Age. Milton went blind at the age of 43 from the incredible strain he placed on his eyes. Amazingly, Paradise Lost and his other major works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, were composed after the lost of his sight. These major works were painstakingly and slowly dictated to secretaries. John Milton died in 1674.

Note on This Edition
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Chronology
Introduction
Textual Introduction
Paradise Lost
In Paradisum Amissam Summi Poet�
On Paradise Lost
The Verse
Textual Notes
Appendix: Sketches for Dramas on the Fall, from the Trinity Manuscript
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