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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780451531643
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $13.99

Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained




‘Paradise Lost was the first literary work in English written on a planetary scale... In sublimity and magnitude, it comes closer than anything in our language to the swollen red sun sinking in a tropical sea…’ Guardian

'[Milton] belongs with Shakespeare and Wordsworth precisely because his writing balances so transcendently both the conservative and the revolutionary.  In one artistic lifetime, he was both historian an d explorer.'
- CHRISTOPHER RICKS
Here in one volume are the texts of the two of the greatest-and most controversial-epic poems in English literature, each a profound exploration of the moral problems of God's justice.  Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained demonstrate Milton's genius for fusing sense and sound. Classicism and innovation, narrative and drama, fortifying not merely our sense of what is beautiful but what is human as well.  It leaves readers with no choice but to commit themselves totally with their minds and with their hearts.

'[Milton] can please when pleasure is required; but it is his peculiar power to astonish.'
- SAMUEL JOHNSON, The Life of Milton

Edited and with Notes by Christopher Ricks
With an Introduction by Dr. Susanne Woods and a New Afterword by Fay Weldon

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780451531643
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $13.99

About the Author

John Milton

John Milton was born on 9 December 1608. He studied at St Paul's School and then at Christ's College, Cambridge. He wrote poetry in Latin and Italian as well as English and travelled in Italy between 1638 and 1639. He married Mary Powell in 1642 but their relationship quickly broke down and they lived apart until 1645. They had four children, three daughters and a son who died in infancy. During the Interregnum after the execution of Charles I, Milton worked for the civil service and wrote pamphlets in support of the new republic. He also began work on his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, as early as 1642. His first wife died in 1652 and he married again in 1656, although his second wife died not long afterwards in 1658. When the monarchy was restored in 1660 Milton was arrested but was released with a fine. In 1663 he married his third wife, Elizabeth Minshull and he is also thought to have finished Paradise Lost in this same year. He published the companion poem, Paradise Regained, in 1671.John Milton died on 8 November 1674.

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