John Milton





John Milton

Author profile


born
in Bread Street, Cheapside, London, England, The United Kingdom
December 09, 1608

died
November 08, 1674

gender
male

website

genre

influences


About this author

John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.

Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica (1644)—written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship—is among history's most influential and impassioned defenses of free speech...more


Average rating: 3.79 · 82,135 ratings · 2,241 reviews · 262 distinct works · Similar authors
Paradise Lost
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 70,957 ratings — published 1667 — 373 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paradise Lost and Paradise ...
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,328 ratings — published 1671 — 48 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Complete Poetry
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,996 ratings — published 1673 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paradise Regained
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 985 ratings — published 1671 — 64 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Samson Agonistes
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 983 ratings — published 1671 — 23 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Areopagitica
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 855 ratings — published 1644 — 77 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Complete Poems and Major Prose
by
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 659 ratings — published 1957 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paradise Lost and Other Poems
by
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 387 ratings — published 1942 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Co...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
John Milton: The Major Works
by
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 156 ratings — published 2003 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by John Milton…
Paradise Lost Paradise Regained
Paradise (2 books)
by
3.7751388851970975 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 75,242 ratings

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
John Milton, Paradise Lost

“For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”
John Milton, Areopagitica

“Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.”
John Milton, Paradise Lost

Polls

What book would you like to read for the next Big Read, 9/1 - 10/31?

 
  1 vote, 100.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

comments and details
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
100+ Books in 2014: Natalie's 2009 List 2 178 Aug 07, 2009 08:54AM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: June Fantasy Theme ---- Fantasy Inspired by Mythology 61 347 Jun 04, 2010 02:26AM  
Reading with Style: RwS Completed Tasks 927 262 Dec 01, 2010 06:41AM  
The Book Addicts!: Jurgen's 2011 TBR Challenge 7 43 Dec 29, 2010 08:36AM  
Reading with Style: Reading w/Style Completed Tasks - Spring 2011 931 212 May 31, 2011 09:15PM  
Bf2S: Open Chat 10 14 Jun 16, 2011 12:34AM