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The author of the book: John Milton
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Edition: Wordsworth Editions
Date of issue: 1994
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John Milton (1608-74) poet and polemicist, is best remembered for his monumental work Paradise Lost (1667 and 1674) which marks the apogee of the poet's religious and political convictions. However, Milton's earlier poems had already marked him for greatness, and include On the Morning of Christ's Nativity, L` Allegro, Il Penseroso, Lycidas and the two masques Arcades and Comus.
The second period of Milton's life was absorbed in his support for political liberty espoused by the Parliamentarian Party during the Civil War, and saw the composition of poetry largely overtaken by a series of brilliant and fierce pamphlets which include the famous defence of literature in Areopagitica (1644).
Milton's final period was one of great unhappiness during which his young wife abandoned him and his eyesight failed. He died from 'gout' and is buried in St Giles, Cripplegate in London.
Read information about the authorJohn Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.
Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica (1644)—written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship—is among history's most influential and impassioned defenses of free speech and freedom of the press.
William Hayley's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author," and he remains generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language," though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death (often on account of his republicanism). Samuel Johnson praised Paradise Lost as "a poem which...with respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind," though he (a Tory and recipient of royal patronage) described Milton's politics as those of an "acrimonious and surly republican".
Because of his republicanism, Milton has been the subject of centuries of British partisanship.
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