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The Essential Paradise Lost

The Essential Paradise Lost

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ISBN
9780571355020
Published
02/05/2019
9780571355020
Format
Paperback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

After its publication in 1667, John Milton’s Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit.

Now it is little read. To bring readers back to Milton’s masterpiece, John Carey has shortened it to a third of its original length. In this fascinating reinterpretation, Carey reveals new insights about Milton’s sources of inspiration, while exploring divided readings of the work’s key characters.

The Essential Paradise Lost presents the epic’s greatest poetry, with linking passages that preserve its cosmic sweep – from the superhuman defiance of a ruined archangel to a pair of tragic lovers, bewildered to find themselves responsible for the fate of the whole human race.

After its publication in 1667, John Milton’s Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit. Now it is little read. To bring readers back to Milton’s masterpiece, John Carey has shortened it to a third of its original length. In this fascinating reinterpretation, Carey reveals new insights about Milton’s sources of inspiration, while exploring divided readings of the work’s key characters. The Essential Paradise Lost presents the epic’s greatest poetry, with linking passages that preserve its cosmic sweep – from the superhuman defiance of a ruined archangel to a pair of tragic lovers, bewildered to find themselves responsible for the fate of the whole human race.
  • John Carey

    John Carey is Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. His books include studies of John Donne, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, as well as The Intellectuals and the MassesWhat Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding. His memoir, The Unexpected Professor, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

“[Carey's] clarity of mind and expression enlivens where others deaden, and his judgments are powerful. If there were more academics with his energy and lucidity around, then literary criticism would be a happier discipline.”
- Daily Telegraph
“A tremendous success. It conveys the intellectual energy and poetic power of Milton’s poem. It makes you argue with the poem and its editor. But, above all, it will make you want to read it.”
- Colin Burrow, Sunday Times

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