Milton by George Charles WilliamsonMilton by George Charles Williamson


byGeorge Charles Williamson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... JOHN MILTON BIOGRAPHICAL JOHN MILTON was born on December 9th, 1608. He was the son of a scrivener, who resided in Bread Street, in the City of London, at the sign of the Spread Eagle, the sign having probably been adapted from the armorial bearings of the family, which are to be seen on the agreement for "Paradise Lost," sealed by the poet. John Milton's grandfather had been a sturdy Catholic who had suffered considerably at the time of the change of religion, and he had disinherited his son John on account of his having joined the Anglican Church. The family was from Oxfordshire, and John Milton the elder had attended a school in Oxford with a view, it is said, of entering the Church. But on being disinherited he came up to London, and set up as a scrivener close to Cheapside. The poet's mother was a warm-hearted and generous woman, described by her son in the following words: "A most excellent mother, particularly known for her charity through the neighbourhood." She was nine years the junior of her husband, but almost the only other fact that we know respecting her was that her eyesight was not strong, and before she was thirty she had to use glasses, although her husband read without them up to the age of eighty-four. John Milton the elder was musical, and had written a madrigal, in forty parts, for a Polish prince, who had been so pleased with the composition that he had presented him with a gold chain and medal. The household was both a serious and a musical one, and as the father appears to have been successful in his profession, there was, at least in early days, no lack of means. The lad, it would seem, was destined for the Church, and if the lines written beneath the first engraving of his picture, and usually attributed to his own pen, were ...
Title:MiltonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217237738

ISBN - 13:9780217237734