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The Cambridge companion to Milton /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Danielson, Dennis Richard, 1949-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999
Edition: 2nd ed.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
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Online Access: Online version
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This book is such an obviously good idea that one is surprised not to have seen its like previously. Danielson asked each of several well-established Milton scholars, including some superstars (Shawcross, Lewalski, McColley, Radzinowicz, Bennett), to write an essay on some aspect of Milton's life and works; the audience was to be "the serious student approaching Milton for the first time," but each author was to speak "in his or her own voice, and without condescension." The results are highly satisfactory. The serious beginning student could hardly wish for a finer guide, even though a few of the essays are difficult; at the same time, even experienced Milton scholars will find enjoyment in reading these pieces, which are indeed written without condescension. Highlights include a lucid essay on Milton's style by Lee Johnson; an exceptionally perceptive examination of Satan's character by John Carey; and a thoughtful, eloquent commentary on Milton and the sexes by Diane McColley. Recommended for academic and public libraries. C. R. Mackin University of New Orleans

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