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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Paradise, 18 Aug 2009
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Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics)

Many people have a 'Greatest Books I've Never Read' List. Included on that list could well be Milton's great work.

There is no doubt that it can be daunting to see those pages of finely printed epic poetry, scattered with 17th Century word usage and Classical, Mythological and Biblical allusions.

We may even have started on Book 1, and 'fallen at the first fence', never to rise and canter on! What is needed is a clearly printed version, with helpful introduction, and (most importantly) copious on-page footnotes to enlighten and instruct. This is just such a version, and can be highly recommended.

Tick this classic text off your List! Milton, you can be living at this hour!
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2009 15:17:15 BDT
I compared the notes for the first few pages of this (Oxford) edition with the (expensive!) Longman edition and Penguin using "Look Inside!". Oxford appears to be near-optimal for the 'general reader'. That is, the notes are 'just enough', whereas the scholarly details of the Longman might be 'too much'. The Penguin also seems a bit heavy on detail, and the notes are at the back. This is a great disadvantage for a text requiring access to notes several times for each page! The Oxford, cleverly, flags the line number if there is a note at the bottom of the page concerning that line. Maybe a Milton scholar can tell us if the Oxford maintains it's usefulness throughout. Or are there any other editions general readers should be considering?
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