Wife to Mr Milton

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2011 - Great Britain - 330 pages
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Marie Powell is sixteen when her father marries her to the poet John Milton in payment of a debt. They move to a pretty garden-house in London, but she struggles to adjust to her new life. Her husband is high-minded and unyielding, and only makes Marie long for the man she really loves. As Civil War sweeps across England and the King is killed, a battle starts to rage between husband and wife - one that only the powerful can win.
Told through the fictional journals of Milton's wife, Robert Graves's sympathetic and sensitive reconstruction of her tragic life is also a convincing, linguistically rich portrait of seventeenth-century England as it is ravaged by war.
'Vivid, rich and forthright.' Sunday Times

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Review: Wife to Mr. Milton: The Story of Marie Powell

User Review  - David Feela - Goodreads

Good writing but a bit thick on historical detail. So much of the scenic accuracy bogs down the story, or so it seemed to me. Read full review

Review: Wife to Mr. Milton: The Story of Marie Powell

User Review  - Al Maki - Goodreads

A beautiful but sad book. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Robert Graves was a poet, professor, and the author of Goodbye to All That (1929), a landmark anti-heroic memoir of life in the trenches during World War I. He is even better known for his historical novels about the Roman emperor Claudius: I, Claudius (1934) and Claudius the God (1935). Despite those successes, Graves was primarily a poet: he published dozens of volumes of his verse during his life, and was professor of poetry at Oxford from 1961-66. Graves lived most of his adult life on the island of Majorca, at first with fellow poet Laura Riding, and later with his second wife Beryl Hodge.

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