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A Concise Companion to Milton

Angelica Duran (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7850-1
288 pages
April 2008, 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 ix

Introduction 1
Angelica Duran

Part I Surveys

1 A Reading of His "left hand": Milton's Prose 7
Robert Thomas Fallon

2 "Shedding sweet influence": The Legacy of John Milton's Works 25
John T. Shawcross

3 "The world all before [us]": More than Three Hundred Years of Criticism 43
Roy Flannagan

Part II Textual Sites

4 First and Last Fruits of Education: The Companion Poems, Epistola, and Educational Prose Works 61
Angelica Duran

5 Milton's Heroic Sonnets 78
Annabel Patterson

6 The Lives of Lycidas 95
Paul Alpers

7 A Mask: Tradition and Innovation 111
Katsuhiro Engetsu

8 The Bible, Religion, and Spirituality in Paradise Lost 128
Achsah Guibbory

9 Gender, Sex, and Marriage in Paradise 144
Karen L. Edwards

10 The Ecology of Paradise Lost 161
Juliet Lucy Cummins

11 The Messianic Vision of Paradise Regained 178
David Gay

12 The Nightmare of History: Samson Agonistes 197
Louis Schwartz

Part III Reference Points

Select Chronology: "Speak of things at hand/ Useful" 217
Edward Jones

Select Bibliography: "Much arguing, much writing, many opinions" 235
J. Martin Evans

Index 270

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Angelica Duran is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University. A Milton specialist, she is on the editorial board of Milton Quarterly and is currently working on two book-length projects entitled Milton among Spaniards and Milton in Hispanoamerica. Her book on The Age of Milton and The Scientific Revolution is forthcoming in 2007.
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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
"The collection is remarkable for its collegiality. It not only respects the newcomer but allows the various contributors to follow up questions of interest to them, thus providing new insights even for long-time Miltonists." (Milton Quarterly, April 2009)

"Above all, among the current crop of books, an essay that makes A Concise Companion to Milton worth buying all on its own, is Karen Edwards on "Gender, Sex and Marriage in Paradise Lost". (Times Literary Supplement, December 2008)

"These 14 essays (plus introduction) largely succeed in their aim to 'provide readers with key guides to understanding the great influence and endurance' of the works of John Milton...The sections devoted to surveys and reference points will be especially useful for those struggling to understand Milton in his historical and cultural context." (Choice)

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