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Areopagitica: and Other Political Writings of John Milton [Paperback]

John Alvis , John Milton

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  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc; New Ed edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865971978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865971974
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Milton was born on 9 December 1608 in Cheapside,
London. He published little until the appearance of Poems of Mr
John Milton, both English and Latin in 1646, when he was 37. By
this time he was deeply committed to a political vocation, and
became an articulate and increasingly indispensable spokesman for
the Independent cause. He wrote the crucial justifications for the
trial and execution of Charles I, and, as Secretary for Foreign
Tongues to the Council of State, was the voice of the English revolution
to the world at large. After the failure of the Commonwealth
he was briefly imprisoned; blind and in straitened circumstances
he returned to poetry, and in 1667 published a ten-book version
of Paradise Lost, his biblical epic written, as he put it, after 'long
choosing, and beginning late'. In 1671, Paradise Regained and
Samson Agonistes appeared, followed two years later by an expanded
edition of his shorter poems. The canon was completed in 1674, the
year of his death, with the appearance of the twelve-book Paradise
Lost, which became a classic almost immediately. His influence on
English poetry and criticism has been incalculable.

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As poet, statesman, and pamphleteer, John Milton remains one of the singular champions of liberty in the annals of history. Even in his mediations on theology Milton strove to demonstrate that liberty -- of conscience -- is one of the inviolable rights of free peoples. He published several revolutionary manifestos, two works defending regicide, and of course the famous Areopagitica, or defense of freedom of expression and the press against censorship. John Alvis has collected into a superb one-volume edition all of Milton's political writings of enduring importance. These include the entirety of Areopagitica, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, A Defence of the People of England, The Second Defence of the People of England, The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth, and Mr. John Milton's Character of the Long Parliament. John Milton (1608-1674) was the author also of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained and served as Latin secretary to Oliver Cromwell during the Commonwealth.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Cambridge Edition of Milton's Political Works 8 Feb 2013
By Douglas H. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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Liberty Fund has put together the best edition of John Milton's political works. It has a good binding, fine-looking text, and includes several selections not included in the Cambridge edition, most notably "Areopagitica." While Milton is best known for his epic poetry, he was also an insightful commentator on politics and religious issues, especially religious toleration. As a sincerely religious defender of toleration, he (along with others such as the Baptists, Roger Williams, William Penn, and John Locke) helped bring about religious freedom in the western world. Reading Milton is essential for a full understanding of English political theory. Having said all this, he is not an easy read for non-scholars, not least because of his strange 17th Century English, so expect an intellectual challenge.
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