The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography

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Wiley, Nov 8, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 816 pages
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Providing a close examination of Milton's wide-ranging prose and poetry at each stage of his life, Barbara Lewalski reveals a rather different Milton from that in earlier accounts.

  • Provides a close analysis of each of Milton's prose and poetry works.
  • Reveals how Milton was the first writer to self consciously construct himself as an 'author'.
  • Focuses on the development of Milton's ideas and his art.

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User Review  - Doug DePalma - Goodreads

A fine and well thought out literary biography. Its ideal for those in literature who have an interest in Milton. Other than that, there are more brief and straight forward biographies (such as ... Read full review

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Scholarly & exhaustive -- though I found myself wishing for more richness of detail & context. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Barbara Lewalski is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English Literature and of History and Literature, and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Harvard University. She has been named honored scholar by the Milton Society of America, and has served as President of that organization and of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her numerous publications include Milton's Brief Epic: The Genre, Meaning and Art of "Paradise Regained" (1966), Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth Century Religious Lyric (1979, winner of the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association), Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms (1985), Writing Women in Jacobean England (1993), and The Polemics and Poems of Rachel Speght (editor, 1996).

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