Some Graver Subject: An Essay on Paradise Lost

Some Graver Subject: An Essay on Paradise Lost

Some Graver Subject: An Essay on Paradise Lost

Some Graver Subject: An Essay on Paradise Lost

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I first tried to read Milton for myself in the Flying Scotsman. I am grateful to Miss Winifred Maynard of Edinburgh University for helping me over this false start; and to Dr Tillyard for constant help and encouragement. My thanks are due to colleagues and pupils for many suggestions; especially the Rev. Gurney Gutekunst of Union Seminary, New York, for theological prompting, and Prof. J. H. Summers for reading the MS. I was enabled to write this book in the first place by a scholarship from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, and subsequently by research fellowships at St Catharine's College and King's College, Cambridge. I should like to say how much I appreciate the personal interest which the then secretary and treasurer of the Carnegie Trust, Dr J. R. Peddie, took in all the Trust's beneficiaries.

I use the Poetical Works of Milton edited by H. C. Beeching in the Oxford Standard Authors series (1904): i.e. 1667 edition of Paradise Lost, with occasional reference to 1674 variants and common emendations; and the Bohn Prose Works edited by St J. A. John (5 vols. 1848); but one letter is quoted from the first volume of the Yale Prose Works, edited by D. M. Wolfe (New Haven, 1953) and others from the Private Correspondence and Academic Exercises translated and edited by P. B. and E. M. W. Tillyard. There are references to the Commonplace Book, which is included in the Yale edition, and to the Cambridge Manuscript which is reprinted in facsimile in Milton's Minor Poems edited by W. Aldis Wright (Cambridge, 1899). I quote the Bible in the Authorised Version to emphasise by familiarity its pervasion of the poem, and the Old Testament Apocrypha from the edition of R. M. Charles (2 vols. Oxford, 1913). Details of other works are given in the notes, usually at the first quotation. Place of publication is London unless otherwise stated.

Parts of Chapter II have appeared as Milton's Hell in ELH, A Journal of English Literary History, 1954; of Chapter VI as Milton's Paradise in Modern Philology, 1954, and as "Landscape with Figures", a talk on the B.B.C. Third Pro-

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