Byline: DAVID GREENWOOD
WHEN it comes to knowing anything and everything about John Milton, the 17th century poet,Professor Thomas Corns is, to put it mildly, a bit of an expert.
After studying the poet for three decades, the 54-year-old academic at University of Wales, Bangor, is looked on as an international authority.
And now Professor Corns, who lives at Bethesda, is to be honoured by Milton fans in the United States.
Next month,along with his wife Pat, a Llandudno-based social worker,he will be off to five-day conference in California, where he will be admitted as an honorary scholar of the Milton Society of America.
He will be joining an illustrious list of British and North American experts.
``It will take place at a special dinner with about 500 guests attending,'' said Professor Corns, who is editor in chief of the new Milton encyclopaedia to be published by Yale University Press.
He is also secretary to the standing committee of the International Milton Symposium and founder and coconvenor of the British Milton Seminar.
He is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the English Association.
``I'm delighted to receive this international recognition for my work,''he said.
``I find Milton totally facinating.''
Currently writing a major literary history of the period 1603-1690 for publishers Blackwell,he is also leading a major Arts and Humanities Research Board funded research project into the authorship and significance of a major theological work. …