A Concise Companion to Milton

A Concise Companion to Milton

A Concise Companion to Milton

A Concise Companion to Milton

Synopsis

With brevity, depth, and accessibility, this book helps readers to appreciate the works of John Milton, and to understand the great influence they have had on literature and other disciplines.
  • Presents new and authoritative essays by internationally respected Milton scholars
  • Explains how and why Milton's works established their central place in the English literary canon
  • Structured chronologically around Milton's major works
  • Also includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailing Milton's life and works alongside relevant world events
  • Ideal as a first critical work on Milton

Excerpt

Angelica Duran

A Concise Companion to Milton is the second in the Blackwell Concise Companions to Literature and Culture series (General Editor: David Bradshaw) dedicated to a single author rather than to a literary period or theory. The aim of this volume is to provide readers with key guides to understanding the great influence and endurance of the works of the seventeenth-century British writer John Milton. Introductory and succinct without being cursory, it is intended to complement the awardwinning, 29-chapter A Companion to Milton (Blackwell, 2001), edited by Thomas Corns and used for advanced study.

The cover illustration speaks to the vitality of interpretations of Milton’s complex works and life. Similarly, the essays in this collection provide readers not with one coherent line of interpretation but rather with diverse, authoritative interpretations that will greatly amplify their appreciation of that complexity. Indeed, diversity is one of the hallmarks of this volume’s 12 newly commissioned chapters and two reference sections, penned by a wide range of scholars – from exciting neophytes to respected veterans, from native English speakers in England, Australia, Canada, and the United States to non-native-English-speaking scholars in Japan and the United States. The careful selection of the contributors is express recognition of the global network of scholars and institutions that contribute to the transmission of literary works that should not simply endure but thrive.

Because of its brevity, depth, and structure, A Concise Companion to Milton can serve as the one companion text to Milton’s collected works . . .

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