John Milton Prose: Major Writings on Liberty, Politics, Religion, and Education
January 2013, ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell
Uses Milton's original language, spelling and punctuation
Freshly and extensively annotated
Notes provide unrivalled contextual analysis as well as illuminating the wealth of Milton's allusions and references
Will appeal to a general readership as well as to scholars across the humanities
Note on This Edition and Abbreviations viii
List of Illustrations x
MILTON'S PROSE TEXTS
1. Prolusions: 1
Prolusion VI 3
Prolusion VII 13
2. Of Reformation 22
3. The Reason of Church-Government Urg'd against Prelaty (selections) 61
4. An Apology Against a Pamphlet (selections) 92
5. The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce 103
6. Of Education 170
7. Areopagitica; A Speech of Mr. John Milton 181
8. Tetrachordon (selections) 214
9. The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates 243
10. Eikonoklastes (selections) 275
11. A Second Defence of the English People 319
12. A Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes 377
13. Considerations Touching the Likeliest Means to Remove Hirelings out of the Church 398
14. The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth 426
15. Of True Religion, Hæresie, Schism, and Toleration 448
16. Selections from Milton's Private Letters 459
17. De Doctrina Christiana (selections) 470
18. The Life of Mr. John Milton by Edward Phillips 558
Select Bibliography 573
David Loewenstein is Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. His books include Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (2001), which received the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book. He is the author of Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (2013). He has co-edited The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (2002), Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England (2008), and The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley (2009). He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.
“.…will ensure that Milton’s prose continues
to challenge and reward the kind of active, discerning readership
that Milton himself courted.”
(Renaissance Quarterly, 1 July 2014)
"Milton's extraordinary prose, extensively represented in David
Loewenstein's ambitious edition, has gained many new readers in
recent years, and it may be true that some students, at least in
British schools and universities, read Tenure of Kings and
Magistrates before, or even instead of, the great
Times Literary Supplement (June 14 2013)
“David Loewenstein’s scrupulous edition
offers a remarkably generous range of Milton’s prose works on
religion, politics, and domestic issues. The Prefatory Notes to
each work are a model of clarity and concision, and annotations are
precise and informative. The volume will be a wonderful resource
for Milton scholars, teachers, and students
alike.”—Laura Knoppers, Editor, Milton
"Richly annotated and with a fine, purposeful introduction, this wholly new edition makes available ten major prose works by Milton in their entirety, together with generous selections from Milton's other tracts. No other edition allows the reader to appreciate so fully Milton's original engagement with concepts of political, religious, and domestic liberty. It is the best edition for teaching purposes and the general reader. Scholars too will appreciate the wealth of fresh annotations." —Thomas N. Corns, University of Wales, Bangor
"This is the most ambitious one-volume edition of Milton’s
prose to date, one that both invites the general reader who is
curious about the author of Paradise Lost, and
that also satisfies the needs of classrooms. Readers will
have at their fingertips works from across Milton’s writing
career, with its wide range of occasions and styles. We see
the scrappy polemicist, the rhetorically powerful tyrannicide, the
critic and participant in religious reform, a Milton who was always
daring, witty and engaged. With crisp prefatory introductions
to each work, helpful annotations, and a generous introduction to
the whole, there is no better guide to Milton’s prose
treasures than this one. I will be eager to assign this to
students." —Sharon Achinstein, University of
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