The Cambridge Introduction to Milton / Edition 1

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Overview

John Milton is one of the most important and influential writers in English literary history. The goal of this book is to make Milton's works more accessible and enjoyable by providing a comprehensive overview of the author's life, times and writings. It describes essential details from Milton's biography, explains some of the cultural and historical contexts in which he wrote, offers fresh analyses of his major pamphlets and poems – including Lycidas, Areopagitica and Paradise Lost – and describes in depth traditional and recent responses to his reputation and writings. Separate sections focus on important concepts or key passages from his major works to illustrate how readers can interpret – and get excited about – Milton's writings. This detailed and engaging introduction to Milton will help readers not only better understand the author's life and works but also better appreciate why Milton matters.

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"...This volume far surpasses similar studies in breadth and depth despite its compact size. Part of the "Cambridge Introductions to Literature" series, this volume should become a necessity for teachers and students of Milton."
—Choice

"Dobranski’s is an introduction with a rare combination of concise historical and contextual comprehensiveness and formal literary acumen. It also offers a suggestive vision of the networked nature of authorship and readership, in early modernity and today, not merely a dubiously neutral survey of the best that has been said and thought. As such, it achieves more than what it promises: in addition to offering a thorough introduction to Milton’s poetry and contexts, it enables, if not prompts, the very sort of readerly self-examination that we hope a university education will foster."
—Milton Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521726450
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Literature
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen B. Dobranski is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Textual Studies at Georgia State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Chronology; 1. Life; 2. Contexts; 3. Prose; 4. Poetry; 5. Afterlife; Further reading; Index.

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