John Milton

John Milton

A Hero for Our Time

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Baker & Taylor
This biography examines Milton's unorthodox and iconoclastic views on politics, economics, and sex during a time of great religious and political upheaval in England, and discusses the modern-day relevance of his ideas.

Perseus Publishing
John Milton ? poet, polemicist, public servant, and author of one of the greatest masterpieces in English literature, Paradise Lost ? is revered today as a great writer and a proponent of free speech. In his time, however, his ideas far exceeded the orthodoxy of English life; spurred by his conscience and an iron grip on logic, Milton was uncompromising in his beliefs at a time of great religious and political flux in England. In John Milton, David Hawkes expertly interweaves details from Milton’s public and private life, providing new insight into the man and his prophetic stance on politics and the social order. By including a broad range of Milton's iconoclastic views on issues as diverse as politics, economics, and sex, Hawkes suggests that Milton's approach to market capitalism, political violence, and religious terrorism continues to be applicable even in the 21st century.

This insightful biography closely examines Milton's participation in the English civil war and his startlingly modern ideas about capitalism, love, and marriage, reminding us that human liberty and autonomy should never be taken for granted.

John Milton — poet, polemicist, public servant, and author of one of the greatest masterpieces in English literature, Paradise Lost — is revered today as a great writer and a proponent of free speech. In his time, however, his ideas far exceeded the orthodoxy of English life; spurred by his conscience and an iron grip on logic, Milton was uncompromising in his beliefs at a time of great religious and political flux in England. In John Milton, David Hawkes expertly interweaves details from Milton’s public and private life, providing new insight into the man and his prophetic stance on politics and the social order. By including a broad range of Milton's iconoclastic views on issues as diverse as politics, economics, and sex, Hawkes suggests that Milton's approach to market capitalism, political violence, and religious terrorism continues to be applicable even in the 21st century.

This insightful biography closely examines Milton's participation in the English civil war and his startlingly modern ideas about capitalism, love, and marriage, reminding us that human liberty and autonomy should never be taken for granted.


Book News
Acknowledging the many fine existing biographies of British poet Milton (1608-74), Hawkes (English, Arizona State U.) departs from them by emphasizing what he has to tell people today about the postmodern age. He himself claimed to be speaking to future generations, he says, and we should take him at his word. Among his perspectives are the fruit of usury, Samson Sybariticus, revolution and romance, killing no murder, uxorious usurers, and blind man's bluff. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This biography of the author of Paradise Lost examines his unorthodox and iconoclastic views on politics, economics and sex during a time of great religious and political upheaval in England, and discusses the modern-day relevance of his ideas.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2010
ISBN: 9781582434377
Branch Call Number: 821.4 MIL
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Characteristics: 354 p

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