John Milton: life, work, and thought

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This book re-examines scrupulously the writings and the life records of John Milton, in the context of a proper understanding of the recent developments in seventeenth-century historiography. Milton's thought has often been too simply described. The approach here is to interrogate moresceptically notions like puritanism, republicanism, radicalism, and dissent. A more complex story emerges, of Milton's culturally rich but ideologically conformist early decades, and of his radicalisation during the later years of Laudianism. We track the internal dynamics of English puritanism inthe 1640s and the impact that has on his own convictions.In the 1650s Milton's thought and beliefs were reconciled to the role as public servant. In the 1660s a renewed confidence carried him towards the completion of his greatest project, Paradise Lost, and his final years were ones of creative fulfilment and renewed political engagement. Amid thediscontinuities occasioned by shifting political circumstance, by the exigencies of polemical context, and the diversity of genres in which he wrote, Milton emerged as a major political thinker and significant systematic theologian, as well as the most eloquent prose writer and most accomplishedpoet of the age. A more human Milton appears in these pages, flawed, self-contractory, self-serving, arrogant, passionate, ruthless, ambitious, and cunning, as well as the literary genius who achieved so much.
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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Literary
Biographies
Electronic book
Electronic books
Great Britain
Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714
History
Milton, John, -- 1608-1674
POETRY -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Poets, English -- Early modern -- Biography
Poets, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Biography
United Kingdom -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714
title_displayJohn Milton : life, work, and thought
title_fullJohn Milton : life, work, and thought / Gordon Campbell, Thomas N. Corns
John Milton [electronic resource] : life, work, and thought / Gordon Campbell, Thomas N. Corns
title_shortJohn Milton
title_sublife, work, and thought
topic_facetBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Biography
Early modern
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
History
Literary
Milton, John
POETRY
Poets, English