With brevity, depth, and accessibility, this book helps readers to appreciate the works of John Milton, and to understand the great influence they have had on literature and other disciplines. * Presents new and authoritative essays by internationally respected Milton scholars * Explains how and why Milton's works established their central place in the English literary canon * Structured chronologically around Milton's major works * Also includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailing Milton's life and works alongside relevant world events * Ideal as a first critical work on Milton
Angelica Duran is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University. A Milton specialist, she is on the editorial board of Milton Quarterly and is currently working on two book-length projects entitled Milton among Spaniards and Milton in Hispanoamerica. Her book on The Age of Milton and The Scientific Revolution is forthcoming in 2007.
Notes on Contributors. Introduction: Angelica Duran (Purdue University). Part I: Surveys:. 1. A Reading of His "left hand": Milton's Prose: Robert Fallon (Professor Emeritus, LaSalle University). 2. "Shedding sweet influence": The Legacy of John Milton's Works: John T. Shawcross (Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky). 3. "The world all before [us]": More than Three Hundred Years of Criticism: Roy Flannagan (University of South Carolina, Beaufort). Part II: Textual sites:. 4. First and Last Fruits of Education: The Companion Poems, Epistola, and Educational Prose Works: Angelica Duran (Purdue University). 5. Milton's Heroic Sonnets: Annabel Patterson (Professor Emeritus, Yale University). 6. The Lives of Lycidas: Paul Alpers (Smith College). 7. A Mask: Tradition and Innovation: Katsuhiro Engetsu (Doshisha University, Japan). 8. The Bible, Religion, and Spirituality in Paradise Lost: Achsah Guibbory (Barnard College). 9. Gender, Sex, and Marriage in Paradise: Karen L. Edwards (Exeter University). 10. The Ecology of Paradise Lost: Juliet Lucy Cummins (University of Western Sydney). 11. The Messianic Vision of Paradise Regained: David Gay (University of Alberta). 12. The Nightmare of History: Samson Agonistes: Louis Schwartz (University of Richmond). Part II: References:. Select Chronology: "Speak of things at hand/ Useful": Edward Jones (Oklahoma State University). Select Bibliography: "Much arguing, much writing, many opinions": J. Martin Evans (Stanford University). Index.