John Milton Prose: Major Writings on Liberty, Politics, Religion, and Education
By: John Milton (author), David Loewenstein (editor)Hardback
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Regarded by many as the equal of Shakespeare in poetic imagination and expression, Milton was also a prolific writer of prose, applying his potent genius to major issues of domestic, religious and political liberty. This superbly annotated new publication is the most authoritative single-volume anthology yet of Milton's major prose works. * Uses Milton's original language, spelling and punctuation * Freshly and extensively annotated * Notes provide unrivalled contextual analysis as well as illuminating the wealth of Milton's allusions and references * Will appeal to a general readership as well as to scholars across the humanities
David Loewenstein is Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA. His books include Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (2001), which received the Milton Society of America s James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book. He is the author of Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (2013). He has co-edited The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (2002), Early Modern Nationalism and Milton s England (2008), and The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley (2009). He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.
Note on This Edition and Abbreviations viii Acknowledgements ix List of Illustrations x Chronology xi Introduction xvi MILTON'S PROSE TEXTS 1. Prolusions: 1 Prolusion VI 3 Prolusion VII 13 2. Of Reformation 22 3. The Reason of Church-Government Urg'd against Prelaty (selections) 61 4. An Apology Against a Pamphlet (selections) 92 5. The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce 103 6. Of Education 170 7. Areopagitica; A Speech of Mr. John Milton 181 8. Tetrachordon (selections) 214 9. The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates 243 10. Eikonoklastes (selections) 275 11. A Second Defence of the English People 319 12. A Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes 377 13. Considerations Touching the Likeliest Means to Remove Hirelings out of the Church 398 14. The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth 426 15. Of True Religion, Haeresie, Schism, and Toleration 448 16. Selections from Milton's Private Letters 459 17. De Doctrina Christiana (selections) 470 18. The Life of Mr. John Milton by Edward Phillips 558 Select Bibliography 573
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