Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot

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A&C Black, Jul 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
For centuries John Milton, author of Paradise Lost and many other poetic works, and of radical pamphlets on free speech, divorce and political rights, has emerged from biographies as a woman-hating domestic tyrant or a saintly blind man. But, as Anna Beer shows, his personal life was just as rich and complex as his professional one. By close and groundbreaking analysis of Milton's careful editing of his own life, his wider family's affairs, the records of his government work, and the history of England during one of its most tumultuous periods of social and cultural life, Beer brings both the poet and his period to vivid life.

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Rich, often laudatory biography of the creator of Paradise Lost.John Milton's life (1608-74) encompassed one of the most turbulent periods in English history, notes Beer (Literature/Oxford Univ.; My ... Read full review

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John Milton's books were publicly burned on two occasions-1660 and 1683-the result of the fear and hostility he inspired in many of his 17th-century contemporaries. How would Milton-the man who once ... Read full review


Conventions Preface
The City
Cambridge 1625
Misrule 1628
Masque 1634
Elegy 1637
Italy 1638
Government 1651
Defence 1654
Crisis 1659
Defeat 1660
Epic 1667
Revelation 1667
Resurgence 1671

Damon 1640
The Church 1641
Divorce 1642
Censorship 1644
Poems 1645
Revolution 1649
The City 1674
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Anna Beer is Lecturer in Literature within the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Kellogg College. She is the author of the acclaimed Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter, and of an earlier academic study of Sir Walter Ralegh's life and works, Sir Walter Ralegh and his Readers in the Seventeenth Century. She lives in Oxford with her family.

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