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John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought
Written by two of the world's leading Milton scholars, widely praised as "illuminating" (Times Literary Supplement), "seamlessly written (Publishers Weekly), and "a book of permanent value" (Literary Review), and winner of the Milton Society's James Holly Hanford Award, this magnificent biography sheds fresh new light on the writings, the thought, and the life of poet John ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 15th 2007)
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I suppose such a biography as this should be written. Its authors are the first in over a century to review all archival materials and all known life records in preparing this book. It focuses almost entirely on events and dates, and resembles nothing so much as an extended encyclopedia article. I would never have picked it up except that Milton is among the very few writers who fascinate me entirely. The authors attempt in a very limited manner to describe the 'trajectory' of Milton's life, whi ...more
"This is a hero's life, though his heroism is of a rare kind. . . What he achieved in the face of crippling adversity, blindness, bereavement, political eclipse, remains wondrous." In its best passage, this book was a passionate work of scholarship. But sometimes a little peculiar in its conclusions. Why, for instance, insist that circumstances made Milton emphasize spiritual rather than physical aspects of companionship in the divorce tracts?
Gordon Campbell is a professor, a Renaissance and seventeenth-century specialist with a particular interest in John Milton, and well known for his expertise regarding the King James Bible. His broader interests in cultural history include art, architecture, Biblical studies, classical antiquity, garden history, legal history, historical theology and the Islamic world.More about Gordon Campbell...