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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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. will ensure that Milton s prose continuesto challenge and reward the kind of active, discerning readershipthat Milton himself courted.
(Renaissance Quarterly, 1 July 2014)

"Milton′s extraordinary prose, extensively represented in DavidLoewenstein′s ambitious edition, has gained many new readers inrecent years, and it may be true that some students, at least inBritish schools and universities, read Tenure of Kings andMagistrates before, or even instead of, the greatpoetry."
Times Literary Supplement (June 14 2013)


"This excellent selection is what I have always wanted for mystudents: un–modernised texts very well edited and contextualised.Milton′s seering radicalism, the extraordinary controlled freedomof his rhetoric, the engagement with the great issues of England′srevolution, but also with universal themes of God, Man, liberty,accountability, are made accessible as neverbefore." John Morrill, Professor of British andIrish History, Cambridge

David Loewenstein s scrupulous editionoffers a remarkably generous range of Milton s prose works onreligion, politics, and domestic issues. The Prefatory Notes toeach work are a model of clarity and concision, and annotations areprecise and informative. The volume will be a wonderful resourcefor Milton scholars, teachers, and studentsalike. Laura Knoppers, Editor, MiltonStudies

Richly annotated and with a fine, purposeful introduction,this wholly new edition makes available ten major prose works byMilton in their entirety, together with generous selections fromMilton′s other tracts. No other edition allows the reader toappreciate so fully Milton′s original engagement with concepts ofpolitical, religious, and domestic liberty. It is the best editionfor teaching purposes and the general reader. Scholars too willappreciate the wealth of fresh annotations." Thomas N.Corns, University of Wales, Bangor

"This is the most ambitious one–volume edition of Milton sprose to date, one that both invites the general reader who iscurious about the author of  Paradise Lost,  andthat also satisfies the needs of classrooms.  Readers willhave at their fingertips works from across Milton s writingcareer, with its wide range of occasions and styles.  We seethe scrappy polemicist, the rhetorically powerful tyrannicide, thecritic and participant in religious reform, a Milton who was alwaysdaring, witty and engaged.  With crisp prefatory introductionsto each work, helpful annotations, and a generous introduction tothe whole, there is no better guide to Milton s prosetreasures than this one.  I will be eager to assign this tostudents." Sharon Achinstein, University ofOxford

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Excelent volume, Milton prose is something incomparable and unique. 6 July 2013
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The book is good by its content, but not so much in its facture. Too load, too wide with mince coverts, in such a way that is too heavy to be supported by naked hands. Anyway, thank for it.
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