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It is hard to imagine even the most industrious students going far beyond what this book provides in their study of Milton.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Most readers love PL and some of the minor poetry, but most of us can't stand his prose (with the possible exception of Areopagitica).

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Start by marking The Cambridge Companion to Milton as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. It gets a little theologically complex, but basically Milton was both rejecting the idea of strict dualism between body and spirit and the prevalent notion that sex was either the cause of or the result of Adam and Eve's fall.

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series Cambridge Companions to Literature. Books related to The Cambridge Companion to Milton. By contrast with other introductions to Milton, this Companion gathers an international team of scholars, whose informative, stimulating and often argumentative essays will provoke thought and discussion in and out of the classroom. The Companion's reading lists and extended bibliography offer readers the necessary tools for further informed exploration of Milton studies.

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The Cambridge Companion to Milton will provide an accessible and helpful guide for any student of Milton, introducing readers to both the scope of Milton's work and the range of current approaches to it. The Companion's eighteen contributors have written informative, stimulating, often argumentative essays that will provoke thought and discussion both in and out of the classroom, on all the important aspects of the background to, and substance of, Milton's life and work. The Cambridge Companion to Milton offers in a single volume the responsible and diverse introduction to Milton that undergraduate students, together with their professors, are looking for.

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Like other Cambridge University publications--the Companions and the Introductions--this volume on Milton is more a refresher on current topics in Milton studies rather than a discussion of specific works. This Companion is definitely for the intermediate to advanced crowd who already have some knowledge of Milton's poetry and the history of his time.

The 18 essays are written by different authors, but the general editor--Dennis Danielson--organizes the essays in such a way as to give a balanced and integrated view of Milton and his work. Most readers love PL and some of the minor poetry, but most of us can't stand his prose (with the possible exception of Areopagitica). Nor are we convinced that Milton was a very deep thinker about theodicy--typically he treats his assertions like deductions when he's discussing the goodness of Providence.

So Danielson and his distinguished, redoubtable crew try to restore Milton to his complete glory--an admirable goal with mixed results. With respect to Milton's prose works, you'll still feel--despite some excellent essays here--that Milton had no deep understanding of politics. In particular, he believed that every revolution takes us one step closer to the New Jerusalem. Nowadays, we believe that revolutions are simple transfers of power from one party to another. With respect to theodicy, as said before, Milton leaves more questions unanswered than answered.

As for the age-old debate about sexism in Milton's work, these essays do an admirable job in showing that Milton felt that marriage was the highest form of happiness that man and woman could experience. It pained him deeply that men and women throughout the ages fought so much and took it upon himself in PL to explore and understand why. His outdated beliefs in the ascendancy of the male over the female make his beliefs either offensive or ridiculous to modern readers. But his intentions--unprogressive as they are--seem well-intentioned and impassioned. Indeed, one writer makes the point that today's young women dislike to hear that they came from Adam's rib, but they have no problem being told that they descended from fat and hairy apes.

As for the question of Satan, the essay in this volume cleverly avoids the anti-Satan/pro-Satan/yes-no dichotomy by explaining the source of Satan's strong dual appeal. The writer explains that Satan's character has a depth and imagination that other characters in PL do not display. The essay is enjoyable and stimulating, but I have to insist part of the pleasure of reading PL is staking your claim on one side of the Satan debate or the other--even though that debate does become very strident and hostile at times.

Another strength of this Companion is that you'll find some excellent essays about Milton's other poems besides PL. The essay about Lycidas is so good that it might become a standard reference. J. Martin Evans capably synthesizes all the important previous work on this poem and then adds his own subtle and convincing suggestions about how sexual anxiety may have inspired the work. Samson Agonistes receives a very sympathetic reading and confronts head-on that many contemporary readers perceive Samson as some kind of terrorist. You may not agree with the author's proposed resolution, but you will find it thoughtful and compelling.

If you have read PL and some of the minor work in a college environment, you'll find a lot to enjoy in this volume. If you're curious about Milton's poetry and you've only read a few books of PL, you probably should look elsewhere.
As a novice to Milton studies, I could be deceived by the quality of the essays collected here. Nevertheless, they read to me as informative, well-judged, well-documented introductions to the broad array of social, political, religious, and biographical dimensions of Milton's work. The balance of scholarly opinion seems to me good; the book is well edited and produced with the sheen that one expects of Cambridge University Press. One also expects CUP volumes, even in softcovers, to be overpriced. I purchased a "Like New" edition at an affordable price, was not deceived by the seller, and am clam-happy.
As a relative newcomer to the world of John Milton, I found this book incredibly useful in providing a comprehensive overview of the many facets of the man, his life, his work, his politics and his poetry. I would read it in conjunction with a good biography. The essays vary in their degree of complexity and the opinions of the essayists are thoughtful and informative and several of them exhibit a real passion for their subject. I'm not a Milton specialist but I would imagine there is enough substance here to keep even the most rigorous scholar stimulated and for students and people like myself who are interested in the man and world behind Paradise Lost, I can highly recommend it.
This book is very informative. It gives great insight into Milton's life and times. This is a perfect resource to have if you're reading Milton!
A great assist on my thesis.
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Perfect for my college class
I owned a copy of this as a junior in secondary school, after my English teacher lent me a copy to have me read Carey's essay on Milton's Satan. That essay in particular is a great representative of this collection: all the essays help readers understand the most common elements of criticism on Milton that the average reader might not pick up on during their first read-through of his work.

Aside from Milton's Satan, the essays in this companion focus greatly on Milton's context (his politics, his social environment, etc) and on Paradise Lost, which makes it perfect for beginners to Milton who want to get the most out of their readings of his work.

Cambridge Companions are for the most part excellent starting points for understanding criticism on specific authors, and this one is an excellent example. Any students who are beginning to study and appreciate Milton's work should pick this up - at the very least, it will help you contribute to class discussion and earn major brownie points with your teacher or professor.
The Cambridge Companion to Milton (Cambridge Companions to Literature) download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Dennis Danielson
ISBN: 0521334020
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 30, 1989)
Pages: 320 pages