Milton: Paradise Lost (re-issue)2nd Edition
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First published in 1968, Alastair Fowler's annotated edition of Paradise Lost is acknowledged as the most authoritative guide to this major work. It is the only recent edition of Paradise Lost to be based on the text of the first (1667) edition, now widely accepted to be closer to Milton's intention than that of 1674.
From the Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Selected Journal of Abbreviations
Chronological Table of Milton's Life and Chief Publications INTRODUCTION
Punctuation Sources and Models
Language and Style
Politics and Allegory
Portraits and Illustrations PARADISE LOST
The Printer to the Reader
In Paradisum AmissanOn Paradise Lost
- Best available scholarly edition of Paradise Lost
- Maintains the detailed annotation that has for many years provided an interesting and comprehensive explanation to this difficult but compelling poem, making it accessible both to the student and the general reader
- The revised introduction describes the poem and its remarkable critical reception, surveying the nine thousand or so critical contributions devoted to it, not least during the last thirty years
Professor Alastair Fowler is Regius Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and English Literature, Universityof Edinburgh.
a monument of scholarship, but also a book accessible to any lover of poetry
It's reincarnation is something to be celebrated".
John Mullan, The Guardian
This is a very Bible of Milton, and the editors should be upheld forever as the supreme example to all future editors and annotators of English verse
Selina Hastings, The Daily Telegraph
"Those familiar with the complexities and indecisions of Milton scholarship know how formidable a task it is to prepare an adequately annotated edition of the poems. Mr Carey & Mr Fowler have tackled the task with zest and discrimination as well as perseverance. For several years to come their work will be indispensable to both scholars and students.
Times Literary Supplement
"For forty years Fowler's magisterial edition of Milton (done in partnership with John Carey) has established the benchmark for erudite commentary in his (and Greenblatt's) field." John Sutherland, The Guardian
"To be honest, I have never a big fan of poetry, but John Milton's epic changed that...The reading can be rather difficult at times, but with Alastair Fowler's wonderful annotations, it is possible for readers of any level to comprehend and enjoy Paradise Lost."
"Fowler's editing and copious yet useful annotations are first rate for any single edition of Paradise Lost.
Poem of the Week - The Guardian November 24 2006
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