A Concise Companion to Milton / Edition 1

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A Concise Companion to Milton provides readers with essential guides to appreciating the works of John Milton, and to understanding the great influence they have had on literature. The book consists of twelve short, newly-commissioned chapters written by internationally respected scholars from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Combining brevity, depth and accessibility, it is an ideal first critical work on Milton.

The companion opens with a series of essays explaining how and why Milton's works established their central place in the English literary canon. The ensuring chapters follow Milton's major works in chronological order, clarifying complex issues that are particularly relevant to our contemporary society. Also included in the volume are a chronology and select bibliography detailing the events of Milton's life and works alongside relevant world events.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

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 Works: 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 Spirituality 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).


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