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The Cambridge companion to Paradise lost

The Cambridge companion to Paradise lost

Schwartz, Louis, 1962- editor

This Companion features short, accessible essays from fifteen recognized Milton specialists touching on the most important topics and themes in Paradise Lost. Fifteen short, accessible essays exploring the most important topics and themes in John Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost. The essays invite readers to begin their own independent exploration of the poem by equipping them with useful background knowledge, introducing them to key passages, and acquainting them with the current state of critical debates. Chapters are arranged to mirror the way the poem itself unfolds, offering exactly what readers need as they approach each movement of its grand design. Part I introduces the characters who frame the poem's story and set its plot and theological dynamics in motion. Part II deals with contextual issues raised by the early books, while Part III examines the epic's central and final episodes. The volume concludes with a meditation on the history of the poem's reception and a detailed guide to further reading, offering students and teachers of Milton fresh critical insights and resources for continuing scholarship

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Published New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Louis Schwartz
ISBN: 1139941011, 9781139941013
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xv, 216 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Literature: history & criticism; Literature.; Milton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise lost.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literary studies: general; Ireland; English; Literary studies: poetry & poets
Alternative Title: Paradise lost; Companion to Paradise lost
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107029460


  1. Classical models Maggie Kilgour
  2. Milton's Bible Jeffrey Shoulson
  3. The line in Paradise Lost John Creaser
  4. The pre-secular politics of Paradise Lost Paul Stevens
  5. Cosmology Karen L. Edwards
  6. Reception William Kolbrener.