Paradise lost: the novel

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New Arts Library, Jun 1, 1994 - Fiction - 255 pages
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Masterful retelling of the first three chapters of Genesis. Milton offers many faithful insights to the text, though Milton's Pelagian sensibilities are evident. The battle scenes and Satanic ... Read full review

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This was an inspired translation. Without the assistance of a professor, there is no way I could have begun to understand the antiquated language of this timeless poem. Fortunately, Mr. Lanzara has captured as close to a literal translation as possible while maintaining proper veneration of this highly spiritual work. I only wish the book told us a bit more about the author's credentials and how he came to decipher many of the more obscure and opaque messages sewn into the epic. I am not a student, I read it for pleasure and it was a pleasure to read. I am encouraging my kids and friends as well to read it for the many blessings it bestows. Thanks Joseph!
November 3, 2011


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John Milton, English scholar and classical poet, is one of the major figures of Western literature. He was born in 1608 into a prosperous London family. By the age of 17, he was proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Milton attended Cambridge University, earning a B.A. and an M.A. before secluding himself for five years to read, write and study on his own. It is believed that Milton read evertything that had been published in Latin, Greek, and English. He was considered one of the most educated men of his time. Milton also had a reputation as a radical. After his own wife left him early in their marriage, Milton published an unpopular treatise supporting divorce in the case of incompatibility. Milton was also a vocal supporter of Oliver Cromwell and worked for him. Milton's first work, Lycidas, an elegy on the death of a classmate, was published in 1632, and he had numerous works published in the ensuing years, including Pastoral and Areopagitica. His Christian epic poem, Paradise Lost, which traced humanity's fall from divine grace, appeared in 1667, assuring his place as one of the finest non-dramatic poet of the Renaissance Age. Milton went blind at the age of 43 from the incredible strain he placed on his eyes. Amazingly, Paradise Lost and his other major works, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, were composed after the lost of his sight. These major works were painstakingly and slowly dictated to secretaries. John Milton died in 1674.

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