Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

by John Milton
Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

by John Milton



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Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, 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 rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge 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.

Marked by Milton's characteristic erudition is a work epic both in scale and, notoriously, in ambition. For nearly 350 years it has held generation upon generation of scholars, students and readers in rapt attention and its profound influence can be seen in almost every corner of Western culture.

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ISBN-13: 9783985948413
Publisher: Phoemixx Classics Ebooks
Publication date: 08/09/2021
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: eBook
Pages: 122
File size: 787 KB
Age Range: 6 Years

About the Author

About The Author
John Milton (1608-1674) was an English poet, best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, which first appeared in 1667, having been completely written, and dictated, while he was blind. His works continue to influence Western culture, thought and language.

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Table of Contents

Note on the Text

Paradise Lost
  • Andrew Marvell, “On Paradise Lost”
  • The Verse
  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 3
  • Book 4
  • Book 5
  • Book 6
  • Book 7
  • Book 8
  • Book 9
  • Book 10
  • Book 11
  • Book 12
In Context
  • Reproductions of the 1674 Paradise Lost
  • The Cosmography of Paradise Lost
  • Illustrations of Paradise Lost
  • Selections from the Bible
    • Genesis 1–3: The Creation
    • Genesis 18: Angels and God
    • Job 1: Satan
    • John 1.1–14: The Son
    • 1 Timothy 2.8–15: Eve in the New Testament
    • Revelation 12: The War in Heaven
  • from Hesiod, Theogony
  • John Milton’s Early Plans for Paradise Lost
  • from John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)
  • from John Milton, De Doctrina Christiana (c. 1658–74)
    • from The Epistle
    • from Chapter 2, Of God
    • from Chapter 5, Of the Son of God
    • from Chapter 7, Of the Creation
    • from Chapter 30, Of the Holy Scripture

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"Barbara Lewalski is the doyenne of the community of Milton scholars, but she also remains committed to the enterprise of teaching. In this exemplary edition of Paradise Lost both qualities are in evidence: the text is scrupulous and the scholarship rigorous, but both the introduction and the notes are accommodated to the needs of students who will be coming to the poem for the first time. This is an edition that will please students and professors alike, and its sheer quality is a tribute to Barbara Lewalski's passion to provide readers with all the help they need to understand the greatest of all English poems."
–Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester

"Teachers and scholars will welcome Barbara Lewalski’s Blackwell edition of Paradise Lost, one not only informed by the erudition of a prominent and highly respected Miltonist but advantaged by her sound decision to reproduce the original language, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and italics of the 1674 text."
–Edward Jones, Editor, Milton Quarterly

"For the student or general reader, looking for an old-spelling edition that is faithful to the original punctuation, this edition has much to recommend it. Its annotation is crisp, purposeful and well-judged."
–Thomas N. Corns, University of Wales, Bangor

"A superb teaching text. Lewalski’s edition respects Milton’s original poem and offers supremely clear introductions, bibliography and special material to guide the student reader and educated lay person alike to new discoveries in a work that, quite simply, has it all: good, evil, God, Satan, humans, angels, love, despair, war, politics, sex, duty, and sublime poetry—set in a cosmic landscape that inspires wonder and seduces new readers in every generation."
Sharon Achinstein, Oxford University

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