The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley, Volume 1

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Thomas N. Corns, Ann Hughes, David Loewenstein
Oxford University Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 465 pages
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This is the first edition of the complete works of Gerrard Winstanley (1609-76), the foremost radical social thinker and activist of the English Revolution. It is the only edition to observe the standards of modern scholarly editing. The editorial team combines the expertise of acclaimed prize-winning literary scholars and a leading historian of seventeenth-century England. It sets a new standard in the presentation of controversial prose of the period of the English Civil War. Its substantial introduction establishes Winstanley's distinctive contributions to political thought and radical religion and elucidates his literary achievements, while the annotation elucidates the wealth of his biblical allusion and his engagement with the politics of his day. This edition ensures Winstanley's standing as one of the most significant prose writers and radical thinkers of early modern England. All scholars and students of English literature, history, religion, and political thought will want to use this book.

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Thomas Corns is Professor of English at Bangor University. His many publications include a seminal study of the political literature of the English Civil War and he is among the foremost Miltonists of his academic generation. With Gordon Campbell, he is the general editor of The Complete Works of John Milton (OUP, 2008 - ), and he is collaborating with David Loewenstein on the Paradise Lost volume.
Ann Hughes is Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University. She is a leading historian of the politics, religion and culture of mid-seventeenth century England with particular interests currently in religion, gender and print culture.
David Loewenstein is Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely on early modern English literature, politics, and religion. He is editing Paradise Lost (in collaboration with Thomas Corns) for The Complete Works of John Milton. He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.

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