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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Edition edition (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747584257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747584254
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A beautifully clear account of a richly complex life ... It's the best narrative I've read of the life of our greatest poet.' -- Philip Pullman

'Beer ... gives Milton the anniversary present he deserves.' -- Andrew Motion, Guardian

'It succeeds magificently ... having finished it, one is immediately inspired to return to Milton's works.' -- Mail on Sunday

'Scholarly, serious and endlessly fascinating.' -- Diane Purkiss, Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Anna Beer is a University Lecturer in English Literature based at Kellogg College, Oxford, in the Department for Continuing Education. She is the author of the acclaimed Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter, and of an earlier academic study of Sir Walter Ralegh's life and works, Sir Walter Ralegh and his Readers in the Seventeenth Century. Each work was the result of years of sustained investigative analysis of manuscript and early print sources. She lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Robertson on 14 Dec. 2008
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I enjoyed reading this book. I love Milton, love the period of the English Civil War and find the whole subject fascinating. This book is well researched, well written, informative and generally fair to Milton. However it is not a classic. At times it is ponderous. The literary analysis is excellent, the history ok but where the book struggles is with theology. It requires more depth and understanding in that department. Nonetheless I have throughly enjoyed reading 'Milton' and it has inspired me to go back to reading his poetry.

"So spake the false dissembler unperceived;
For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone,
By his permissive will, through heaven and earth"
Paradise Lost III:681 1-5

"...unless for him
Some other able, and as willing, pay
The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
Say heavenly powers, where shall we find such love,
Which of ye will be mortal to redeem
Man's mortal crime, and just the unjust to save,
Dwells in all heaven charity so dear?"
Paradise Lost III 2:10-16
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas Llewellyn on 8 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written and excellently researched book, full of historical context and vivid narrative. My only major problem with the work is that, the mix of doubts by the author in regard to the man and his ideas coupled with an academic background has (in my view) created a work that lacks the magic that is found in biographies where the author is obviously inspired by the subject and wants to share the message of their life and work. I never got that sense from that book, except in some exploration of the poetry. Theres little sense of myth, legend or pathos here, which is a shame in light of the fact that the subject is one of our greatest poets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mbr on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a Masters student who has written extensively on Milton, Beer's biography contained nothing of much interest. While there is some good literary discussion of the poems, no serious effort has been made to move beyond the most basic caricature of the man, nor to situate him within his appropriate intellectual context. Too much effort is painting portraits of the environment in which Milton grew up, without any care taken to separate conjecture from cause. For example, she draws a portrait of Sara, JM's mother, from evidence that exists about women in London at the start of the seventeenth century, not from any records of the woman herself. This allows her to spend pages and pages devoted to London family life, a topic unrelated in any meaningful way to John Milton.

One particularly crude example is her tedious insistence that Milton was gay (see of numerous examples, the specific endearment of this claim at p. 110 and passim). While there is undoubtably evidence to support the conclusion that Milton had a particularly strong relationship with his friend Charles Diodati, the suggestion that this meant that he was a homosexual imposes on Milton an understanding of sexuality which is nineteenth century in origin and not particularly helpful with regard to the seventeenth century, when sexuality was a whole different beast. Anyone with an understanding of puritan divorce writings will scoff at the highly suggestive Freudian argument that 'the venom with which John Milton denigrated the sexual act perhaps says more about the author [he hated sex with women?] than [it does about] his argument' in his Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (p. 145).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm J. B. Cook on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
I studied Milton in college for his poetry, but this book showed me the man.
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Format: Hardcover
A 'solid' biography, more for scholars & students than the lay person I would suggest. She mostly sticks to the facts but does have a major foray into JM's sexuality especially in connection with CD. Never explains why, if so, JM married three times & had a fair few children.

In fairness to AB it is a difficult job to write a fluid, entertaining biography of JM. There simply isn't the evidence to do more. Perhaps we need a Hillary Mantel to try!

AB does cover JM's poetry & relates it to his life circumstances which makes this more interesting.

Overall a fair starter for anyone with an interest but definitely not a stellar biography.
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