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John Milton : life, work, and thought

Author: Gordon Campbell; Thomas N Corns
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on insightful new findings in the study of seventeenth-century history and in a more nuanced exploration of notions like Puritanism, republicanism, radicalism, and dissent, this book sheds fresh light on the writings, the thought, and the life of poet John Milton, whose career spanned one of the most turbulent periods in English history. A more human Milton appears in these pages, a Milton who is flawed,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Milton; John Milton; John Milton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Campbell; Thomas N Corns
ISBN: 9780199289844 0199289840
OCLC Number: 223877074
Description: xiii, 488 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. 1608-1632. --
Childhood --
St. Paul's School --
Cambridge: the undergraduate years --
Cambridge: the postgraduate years --
pt. 2. 1632-1639. --
Hammersmith --
Horton --
Italy --
pt. 3. 1639-1649. --
The crisis of government --
The first civil war --
The road to regicide --
pt. 4. 1649-1660. --
The purged Parliament --
The Protectorate --
From the death of Oliver Cromwell to the Restoration --
pt. 5. 1660-1674. --
Milton in 1660 --
Surviving the Restoration --
Plague, fire, and Paradise Lost --
The sunlit uplands --
pt. 6. 1674 and after. --
Posthumous life and Nachlass.
Responsibility: Gordon Campbell, Thomas N. Corns.
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The first biography of Milton based on original research for 40 years, and first to take account of new thinking about 17th-century England. Milton is seen here as flawed, passionate, ruthless, and  Read more...

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