Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642 by Edward JonesYoung Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642 by Edward Jones

Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642

EditorEdward Jones

Hardcover | December 6, 2012

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The experimental and diverse writings of John Milton's early career offer tantalizing evidence of a precocious and steadily ripening author. Traditionally scholars have looked to Poems 1645 for evidence of his development as a poet and its bearing upon his career as a prose writer for over twodecades, but such an approach has sometimes obscured and more often ignored the unique accomplishment of Milton's early career by characterizing his juvenilia as self-conscious writing designed to chronicle artistic progression. Young Milton seeks to fill a scholarly void regarding Milton's early Latin and English writing (there has been no volume exclusively focused on his writing of the 1620s, 1630s, and the first years of the 1640s). For the most part the essays in this collection reject the idea of a linear developmentin favor of achievement of various kinds, unequal in merit, and not predicated upon maturation over time. Such maturity indeed may occur, but the early writing of Milton results from a wide variety of occasions-religious holidays; family celebrations; grammar school exercises and universityrequirements; the deaths of family members, ministers, university officials, and personal friends; aristocratic celebrations and commissions. This occasionality challenges the argument for the young author's uniform progress. The writings explored include Lycidas, one of the most celebrated elegiesever written in English, and The Passion, an unfinished poem declared by its author to involve a subject beyond his grasp.
Since his appointment as an assistant editor to the Milton Quarterly in the late 1970s, Edward Jones has been exposed to what Christopher Hill has called the `Milton Industry'. Jones has taken on the challenge of staying current while publishing in an area of Milton studies that has been largely abandoned (archival records produced by ...
Title:Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:December 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Edward Jones: PrefacePart I: Archival, Educational, and Religious Contexts1. Edward Jones: The Archival Landscape of Milton's Youth, University Years, and Pre-London Residencies2. William Poole: `The Armes of Studious Retirement'?: Milton's Scholarship, 1632-16413. Thomas Roebuck: Milton and the Confessionalization of Antiquarianism4. Jeffrey Alan Miller: Milton and the Conformable Puritanism of Richard Stock and Thomas YoungPart II: Latin Experiments and Accomplishment5. Cedric C. Brown: John Milton and Charles Diodati: Reading the Textual Exchanges of Friends6. Sarah Knight: Milton and the Idea of the University7. Noam Reisner: Obituary and Rapture in Milton's Memorial Latin Poems8. Andrew Zurcher: Milton on Tragedy: Law, Hypallage, and Participation9. Stella P. Revard: The Design of the 1645 PoemsPart III: Early Vernacular Development10. Blaine Greteman: Revising Childhood in Milton's Ludlow Maske11. John Leonard: That Two-Handed Engine and the Millennium at the Door12. Christopher Tilmouth: Early Poems and Prose: Some Hidden Continuities