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Paradise Lost

ISBN-10: 1405832789
ISBN-13: 9781405832786
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: First published in 1968, Alastair Fowler's annotated edition of Paradise Lost is acknowledged as the most authoritative guide to this major work. It is the only recent edition of Paradise Lost to be based on the text of the first (1667) edition,  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 744
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

First published in 1968, Alastair Fowler's annotated edition of Paradise Lost is acknowledged as the most authoritative guide to this major work. It is the only recent edition of Paradise Lost to be based on the text of the first (1667) edition, now widely accepted to be closer to Milton's intention than that of 1674.

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.

From the Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviations
Selected Journal of Abbreviations
Chronological
Table of Milton's Life and Chief Publications
Introduction
Composition Printing History Text
Punctuation Sources and Models
Language and Style
Metrical Structure
Numerical Composition
Time Scheme
Astronomy Theology Politics and Allegory
Criticism Portraits and Illustrations
Paradise Lost
The Printer to the Reader
In Paradisum Amissan
On Paradise Lost
The Verse Dryden's Epigram

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