Paradise Lost Parallel Prose Edition

ISBN-10: 1554810973
ISBN-13: 9781554810970
Edition: 2012
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 2/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

John Milton’s epic story of cosmic rebellion and battle has long been considered one of the greatest and most gripping narratives ever written in English. Its intensely poetic language, now-antiquated syntax and vocabulary, and dense allusions to mythical and Biblical figures, however, make it inaccessible to many modern readers. This is, as the critic Harold Bloom wrote in 2000, “a great sorrow, and a true cultural loss.”Dennis Danielson aims to free the poem from the constraints of its original language by providing a fluid, readable rendition in contemporary prose alongside the original. The edition allows readers to experience the power of the original poem without barriers to understanding.

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.

Dennis Danielson is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Milton Society of America and an associate member of the American Astronomical Society. Danielson's previous books include Milton's Good God: A Study in Literary Theodicy and The Cambridge Companion to Milton (1999).

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