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Paradise Lost

by John Milton
Editor John Rumrich, William Kerrigan

Random House Publishing Group | September 9, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M. Fallon

John Milton's Paradise Lost, an epic poem on the clash between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most beautiful works in world literature. Extracted from the Modern Library's highly acclaimed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this edition reflects up-to-date scholarship and includes a substantial Introduction, fresh commentary, and other features-annotations on Milton's classical allusions, a chronology of the writer's life, clean page layouts, and an index-that make it the definitive twenty-first-century presentation of John Milton's timeless signature work.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 9, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375757961

ISBN - 13: 9780375757969

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

by John Milton
Editor John Rumrich, William Kerrigan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 9, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375757961

ISBN - 13: 9780375757969

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Epic poem in blank verse, one of the late works by John Milton, considered by many scholars to be one of the greatest poems of the English language, Paradise Lost tells the biblical story of the fall from grace of Adam and Eve

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PARADISE LOST the printer to the reader Courteous Reader, there was no argument at first intended to the book, but for the satisfaction of many that have desired it, I have procured it, and withal a reason of that which stumbled many others, why the poem rhymes not. S. Simmons The Verse The measure is English heroic verse without rhyme, as that of Homer in Greek, and of Vergil in Latin; rhyme being no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer works especially, but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame meter; graced indeed since by the use of some famous modern poets, carried away by custom, but much to their own vexation, hindrance, and constraint to express many things otherwise, and for the most part worse than else they would have expressed them. Not without cause therefore some both Italian and Spanish poets of prime note have rejected rhyme both in longer and shorter works, as have also long since our best English tragedies, as a thing of itself, to all judicious ears, trivial and of no true musical delight; which consists only in apt numbers, fit quantity of syllables, and the sense variously drawn out from one verse into another, not in the jingling sound of like endings, a fault avoided by the learned ancients both in poetry and all good oratory. 1. The defense of blank verse and the prose arguments summarizing each book “procured” by Milton’s printer, Samuel Simmons, were inserted in bound co
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Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M. Fallon

John Milton's Paradise Lost, an epic poem on the clash between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most beautiful works in world literature. Extracted from the Modern Library's highly acclaimed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this edition reflects up-to-date scholarship and includes a substantial Introduction, fresh commentary, and other features-annotations on Milton's classical allusions, a chronology of the writer's life, clean page layouts, and an index-that make it the definitive twenty-first-century presentation of John Milton's timeless signature work.

About the Author

John Milton (1608-74) was one of England's greatest poets and a master of polemical prose. He was a private tutor and served as Secretary for Foreign Tongues under Oliver Cromwell.

William Kerrigan, former president of the Milton Society of America and recipient of its award for lifetime achievement, is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts.

John Rumrich is the author of Matter of Glory and Milton Unbound. He is Thaman Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen M. Fallon, author of Milton's Peculiar Grace and Milton among the Philosophers, is professor of liberal studies and English at the University of Notre Dame.

Editorial Reviews

"In this landmark edition, teachers will discover a powerful ally in bringing the excitement of Milton's poetry and prose to new generations of students."-William C. Dowling, Rutgers University
 
"This magnificent edition gives us everything we need to read Milton intelligently and with fresh perception."-William H. Pritchard, Amherst College
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