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John Milton - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of John Milton, seventeeth century British writer and political critic.
John Milton   (1608 - 1674)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  November 3, 1608
London, England
 
Died:  October 20, 1674
Chalfont, St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
 
Related authors:
Arthur Henry Hallam, Thomas Wolfe
 
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John Milton - LIFE STORIES
 
 
6/19/1816     Frankenstein, Milton & the Computer
On this day in 1816 the Shelleys, Lord Byron and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein. The byways of literature being what they are, this most legendary of storm-tossed evenings has connections backwards to John Milton and forward to the language of computer programming.
6/27/1878     Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall, Lausanne
The moment at which Edward Gibbon completed The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire -- just before midnight, June 27, 1787, in the small summer-house in his garden in Lausanne, Switzerland -- is described in detail in his memoirs The book had been almost 15 years in the making -- 6 volumes, 1.5 million words, 8000 footnotes -- and the author did not want to let "the hour of my final deliverance" go unmarked. . . .
8/10/1637     Milton, Wolfe, Angels
On this day in 1637, Edward King, college friend of John Milton, was drowned at sea; three months later, Milton published his commemorative poem, "Lycidas." This is one of the major contributions to the elegiac tradition, giving not only inspiration to Shelley ("Adonais") and Tennyson ("In Memoriam") but a title to Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel.
8/20/1667     Milton, Ackroyd, Paradise Lost
On this day in 1667, John Milton's Paradise Lost was entered in the Stationers' Register. The fifty-eight-year-old Milton was totally blind, probably from glaucoma, throughout the decade it took to write Paradise Lost; his habit was to compose at night and then present himself to a scribe each morning to be, as he put it, "milked."
11/23/1644     John Milton on Censorship    read it now!
On this day in 1644 John Milton published his pamphlet, Areopagitica, a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing. This attempt to dissuade Parliament from passing new censorship laws failed, but many of Milton's arguments are now famous: "as good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself...."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Dore's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost"
by Gustave Dore, John Milton
illustrations
 
Paradise Lost
poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
How Milton Works
by Stanley Eugene Fish
guide
 
Poems
by John Masefield
poetry
 
Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost
by Stanley Eugene Fish
criticism
 
The Cambridge Companion to Milton
by Dennis Danielson (Editor)
guide
 
The Consolation of Otherness: The Male Love Elegy in Milton, Gray and Tennyson
by Matthew Curr
biography, criticism
 
The Everlasting Mercy
by John Masefield
poetry
 
The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography
by Barbara Lewalski
biography
 
The Matter of Revolution: Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton
by John Rogers
history
 
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Paradise Lost Illustrated
Find illustrations by Gustave Doré, John Martin, John B. Medina, Edward Burney, Richard Westall, William Blake, and other artists.
Academy of American Poets
Features a biography, poetry, bibliography, and links. Selected poems include "On His Blindness," and Milton's translation of Horace's "To Pyrrha."

"Paradise Lost, which chronicles the fall of Adam and his expulsion from Eden, is widely regarded as his masterpiece and one of the greatest epic poems in world literature. The poem had wide-reaching effect, inspiring Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock and John Keats's Endymion and deeply influencing Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Blake. Milton is thought by many to be the greatest English poet after Shakespeare."
Milton Reading Room
Offers a large collection of annotated electronic texts including major works (Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained), poems ("Lycidas," and many other selections in English and Latin), and prose ("Areopagitica," "Colasterion," "The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce," "Of Education," and "The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates"). An extensive critical bibliography is offered, as well as links to Internet resources and guides on Milton, classical literature, Bible and Reformation commentary, religion, and theology. Highly recommended.
The Milton-L Home Page
An "Internet discussion group devoted to the life, literature and times of the poet John Milton." Features literary criticism and essays about Paradise Lost, Areopagitica, and Lycidas, book reviews, a summary of recent Milton scholarship, and audio readings of Paradise Lost and shorter poems and sonnets. A variety of links to academic journals and websites are also provided.
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