We all know Milton, even if only by name, and some of us might even know that he was imprisoned during the Restoration, because of his earlier support of Cromwell and republicanism during the Civil War. Peter Ackroyd's novel is based on the supposition: 'what if Milton had decided to flee England?'.
In 'Milton in America', he and his servant Goosequill escape to the newfound colonies in America, to live amongst the puritans. Once there, however, they find that their idea of this new Eden does not correspond to reality. A blind man by then, Milton will on the one hand learn to see better than he could when still having his eyesight, and on the other hand discover he is a mere man, not a demi-god.
This is a gripping story from a superb story-teller, and will challenge you to think about and perhaps re-think many of our western beliefs.