Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M. Fallon
John Milton's "Paradise Lost," an epic poem on the clash between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most beautiful works in world literature. Extracted from the Modern Library's highly acclaimed "The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton," this edition reflects up-to-date scholarship and includes a substantial Introduction, fresh commentary, and other features annotations on Milton's classical allusions, a chronology of the writer's life, clean page layouts, and an index that make it the definitive twenty-first-century presentation of John Milton's timeless signature work.
About the Author
John Milton was a seventeenth-century English poet, polemicist, and civil servant in the government of Oliver Cromwell. Among Milton s best-known works are the classic epic Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, considered one of the greatest accomplishments in English blank verse, and Samson Agonistes.
Writing during a period of tremendous religious and political change, Milton s theology and politics were considered radical under King Charles I, found acceptance during the Commonwealth period, and were again out of fashion after the Restoration, when his literary reputation became a subject for debate due to his unrepentant republicanism. T.S. Eliot remarked that Milton s poetry was the hardest to reflect upon without one s own political and theological beliefs intruding.
William Kerrigan is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His books include The Idea of the Renaissance, written with Gordon Braden, and Hamlet's Perfection, both available from Johns Hopkins.
John P. Rumrich is Thaman Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Matter of Glory and Milton Unbound" as well as numerous articles on seventeenth-century literature. He is co-editor of "Milton and Heresy". Gregory Chaplin is Assistant Professor of English at Bridgewater State College. He is the author of several articles on seventeenth-century literature.
“In this landmark edition, teachers will discover a powerful ally in bringing the excitement of Milton’s poetry and prose to new generations of students.”—William C. Dowling, Rutgers University
“This magnificent edition gives us everything we need to read Milton intelligently and with fresh perception.”—William H. Pritchard, Amherst College