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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 27/02/2003
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'Paradise Lost is, to my mind, the greatest poem in English' - Philip Pullman

John Milton's celebrated epic poem exploring the cosmological, moral and spiritual origins of man's existence, Paradise Lost has been fully revised with an introduction by John Leonard in Penguin Classics.

In Paradise Lost Milton produced poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time, populated by a memorable gallery of grotesques. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked, innocent Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man.

Written when Milton was in his fifties - blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration and in danger of execution - Paradise Lost's apparent ambivalence towards authority has led to intense debate about whether it manages to 'justify the ways of God to men', or exposes the cruelty of Christianity.

John Leonard's revised edition of Paradise Lost contains full notes, which elucidates Milton's biblical, classical and historical allusions and discuss his vivid, highly original use of language and blank verse.

John Milton (1608-1674) spent his early years in scholarly pursuit. In 1649 he took up the cause for the new Commonwealth, defending the English revolution both in English and Latin - and sacrificing his eyesight in the process. He risked his life by publishing The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth on the eve of the Restoration (1660). His great poems were published after this political defeat.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140424393
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An endless moral maze, introducing literature's first Romantic, Satan' - John Carey

'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

'Paradise Lost is, to my mind, the greatest poem in English' - Philip Pullman

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“Very interesting”

I enjoyed this epic poem. Getting used to the style takes a little perseverence but once I got going, it was very good. The notes helped get me into the style and changed use of some language. The introduction (and... More

Paperback edition
25th August 2014
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“Paradise Lost”

This is Milton's epic retelling of the story of Creation and Mankind's fall from Paradise. Although it is a little hard work in places the prose is vivid and descriptive and carries the reader through very... More

Paperback edition
29th April 2011
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Matt Kusnierz

“Classic retelling of an ancient theme”

If this is the first heroic poem you have read from this period you will probably find it hard going, but it is worth persevering with. In brief, this is a retelling of the classic Genesis story using the wonderfully... More

Paperback edition
7th February 2011
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