Milton: Paradise Lost

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Poetry - 136 pages
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This volume offers an accessible and stimulating introduction to one of the most influential texts of western literature. This guide highlights Milton's imaginative daring as he boldly revises the epic tradition, brilliantly elaborates upon Genesis, and shapes his ambitious narrative in order to retell the story of the Fall. The book considers the heretical dimensions of Paradise Lost and its theology, while situating Milton's great poem in its literary, religious, and political contexts. A concluding chapter addresses the influence of Milton's sublime poem as a source of creative inspiration for later writers, from the Restoration to the Romantics. Finally, the volume offers an extremely useful and newly updated guide to further reading, which students will find invaluable.

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User Review  - Laurele - Goodreads

An excellent discussion of Milton's epic. I especially appreciated the perspective on Milton's Satan and on the unfortunate nature of the Fall. I highly recommend this brief book to anyone who is reading or has read Paradise Lost. Read full review

About the author (2004)

David Loewenstien is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Milton and the Drama of History: Historical Vision, Iconoclasm, and the Literary Imagination (Cambridge, 1990), which won the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished book. He is co-editor of Politics, Poetics, and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose (Cambridge, 1990) and of the forthcoming Cambridge History of Early Modern Literature.

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