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A Concise Companion to Milton

Angelica Duran (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-65653-2
288 pages
December 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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With brevity, depth, and accessibility, this book helps readers to appreciate the works of John Milton, and to understand the great influence they have had on literature and other disciplines.
  • Presents new and authoritative essays by internationally respected Milton scholars
  • Explains how and why Milton’s works established their central place in the English literary canon
  • Structured chronologically around Milton’s major works
  • Also includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailing Milton’s life and works alongside relevant world events
  • Ideal as a first critical work on Milton
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Notes on Contributors.
Introduction
Angelica Duran, Purdue University
Part I: Surveys
1. A Reading of His "left hand": Milton's Prose
Robert Fallon, Professor Emeritus, LaSalle University
2. "Shedding sweet influence": The Legacy of John Milton's Work
John T. Shawcross, Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky
3. "The world all before [us]": More than Three Hundred Years of Criticism
Roy Flannagan, University of South Carolina, Beaufort
Part II: Textual sites
4. First and Last Fruits of Education: The Companion Poems, Epistola, and Educational Prose Works
Angelica Duran, Purdue University
5. Milton's Heroic Sonnets
Annabel Patterson, Professor Emeritus, Yale University
6. The Lives of Lycidas
Paul Alpers, Smith College
7. A Mask: Tradition and Innovation
Katsuhiro Engetsu, Doshisha University, Japan
8. The Bible, Religion, and Spiritualit in Paradise Lost
Achsah Guibbory, Barnard College
9. Gender, Sex, and Marriage in Paradise
Karen L. Edwards, Exeter University
10. The Ecology of Paradise Lost
Juliet Lucy Cummins, University of Western Sydney
11. The Messianic Vision of Paradise Regained
David Gay, University of Alberta
12. The Nightmare of History: Samson Agonistes
Louis Schwartz, University of Richmond
Part II: References
Select Chronology: "Speak of things at hand/ Useful"
Edward Jones, Oklahoma State University
Select Bibliography: "Much arguing, much writing, many opinions"
J. Martin Evans, Stanford University
Index
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  • A concise, accessible guide to understanding and appreciating the works of John Milton
  • Presents new and authoritative essays by internationally respected Milton scholars
  • Explains how and why Milton’s works established their central place in the English literary canon
  • Structured chronologically around Milton’s major works
  • Also includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailing Milton’s life and works alongside relevant world events
  • Ideal as a first critical work on Milton
See More
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