Milton: Paradise Lost

Milton: Paradise Lost

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by John Milton, Philip Pullman
     
 

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Paradise Lost is the great epic poem of the English language, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the

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Paradise Lost is the great epic poem of the English language, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.
This marvelous edition boasts an introduction by one of Milton's most famous modern admirers, the best-selling novelist Philip Pullman. Indeed, Pullman not only provides a general introduction, but also introduces each of the twelve books of the poem. In these commentaries, Pullman illuminates the power of the poem and its achievement as a story, suggests how we should read it today, and describes its influence on him and his acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials, which takes its title from a line in the poem. His observations offer a tribute that is both personal and insightful, and his enthusiasm for Milton's language, skill, and supreme gifts as a storyteller is infectious. He encourages readers above all to experience the poem for themselves, and surrender to its enchantment.
Pullman's tremendous admiration and passion for Paradise Lost will attract a whole new generation of readers to this classic of English literature. An ideal gift, the book is beautifully produced, printed in two colors throughout, illustrated with the twelve engravings from the first illustrated edition published in 1688, with ribbon marker.

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This Oxford edition of the Milton standard sports heavy paper and a ribbon marker, plus an intro by Philip Pullman on the work's influence on his own writing. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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[A]n exemplary job both of presenting the major topics of Paradise Lost and of entering the selva oscura of Milton criticism. . . . Students and scholars alike will appreciate the balanced approach to the complexities, difficulties, and conundrums of Milton's poem and the criticism on it. Kastan's prose is not just lively but chiseled, and it is destined to affect students. --Patrick Cheney, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Kastan is an exemplary editor, attuned to emerging critical currents, yet steeped in the scholarship of an earlier tradition, aware of the text's provenance and reception, alert to its topicality. His introduction, a model of theoretically informed, politically committed, historically grounded criticism, makes this edition of Paradise Lost all you would expect from one of the most erudite and perceptive figures in the field. --Willy Maley, Modern Language Review

This is a superb edition, a model of careful editing and judicious annotation. --Leslie Brisman, Department of English, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199554225
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
727,023
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Philip Pullman is the author of numerous children's books, and most famously the trilogy His Dark Materials, popular with both children and adults. His Dark Materials has been adapted for the stage and performed at the National Theatre, London in 2003 and 2004. The first part of the trilogy, The Golden Compass, was released as a film in 2007 starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

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Milton 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started this book allowing myself a week to read it and finished it in one day, I simply couldn't put it down. Granted it's a bit difficult to read, but it gets easier once you get into it. Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read, having read a lot.
Trollogre More than 1 year ago
Elizabethan English, but that is a draw. Paradise Lost is worthy of a read and a re-read again and again. Can't be beat!
VaRuka More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I got it for my Major British Author's class but now I'm happy I got it in general. It is fascinating. The writing style is stimulating and makes you think, but thank god for the footnotes and my professor's guidance. It had made the book even more fascinating to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Milton and Dante have formed many of our ideas about what Heaven and Hell are like. In Paradise Lost, Milton brings Adam and Eve to our front door, gives Satan a hero's welcome, and brings God's power into question. This may not appear so at first, but if looked at critically and analyzed, there are many hidden messages. The introduction in this work, by Leonard, discloses these hidden messages to you.
CrimsonQuill More than 1 year ago
Paradise Lost is of course one of the great classics and thus needs no further praise. This ebook is great for personal reading, but does not have the line numbers one will need for a class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great novel to read about the creation and the fall of man through the intervention of free will and evil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the language may be daunting in the beginning, once you have gained a feel for the writing and its pace, the book proves to be wonderful in its imagery and its powerful inquisistion into what it means to be mortal. It delves into its implications and provides the insight to deal and transcend our quotidian trespasses in this base and mortal world.
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I love the classics, but this one was not for me! I expected a traditional story.
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