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Milton: A Biography: Volume I: The Life: A Biographical Commentary: The Life Vol 1 [Hardcover]

William Riley Parker , Gordon Campbell

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8 Aug 1996
Parker's life of Milton has long been accepted as one of the great literary biographies of the twentieth century, a unique accomplishment of scholarship based on a vast range of documentary evidence. Originally published in 1968, the biography was immediately acclaimed as `indispensable', `authoritative', as well as `controversial', and Parker himself was described in The Review of English Studies as `a living library and a walking museum'. Gordon Campbell's new and revised edition of Volume 1 forms a complete, self-contained, and wholly accessible account of Milton's life which remains essential reading for the student of seventeenth-century literature, and for anyone who share Parker's enthusiasm for Milton's poetry.

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a work of brilliant scholarship - indispensable as much for the answers it provides as for the questions it raises, authoritative in the vast material ordered in its pages, and stimulating in its salutary challenge of accepted theories. Students of Milton and his age will for long argue the merits of Mr Parker's more controversial suggestions, but they could ill afford to bypass him on any aspect of the poet's life. (Review of English Studies)

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One of the great literary biographies of the twentieth century

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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker's biography of Milton is the finest study of the poet 12 Mar 1998
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Parker carefully balances his focus on Milton's life and the poet's immortal works. Parker begins his study by letting the reader know that he is both a lover of Milton's art and an admirer of Milton the individual. One who devotes time to this considerable study will certainly obtain similar sentiments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great biography for the student of Milton 25 Jun 2007
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As an undergraduate student taking a Milton class, I found this biography extremely valuable - it provided good background, religious, political and psychological, in what motivated Milton - his core beliefs that drove his most powerful works. Milton studies can be an intimidating process. Parker makes it less so. Unfortunately, the price is prohibitive - try a library, because this biography is a pleasant read for a new student, and thorough enough for a scholar or more in-depth investigation. In second volume are the notes and annotations for the main biography, which are invaluable for anyone wishing to do further research. Parker and Campbell bring Milton into the 21st century - making him accessible and understandable. It whetted my appetite for more Milton. I wish it was cheaper though!
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