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M.A. GillisThe novel's premise is that in 1660, as the monarchy is restored in England, the poet John Milton, '52 and blind, decides to flee to Puritan America. . . . Along the way, Milton . . . takes up with a young man, himself on the run, names him Goosequill and makes him his manservant and secretary. . . . Headed for Boston, their ship crashes off the coast, leaving Milton and Goosequill washed up on shore. They finally make it to the Puritan settlement of New Tiverton, where Milton is received as a hero.