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Paradise Lost (Great Epics)

By John Milton & Anton Lesser (Narrator)
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John Milton's Paradise Lost reveals much about the relationship between God, the world, and the human race. For Milton, the human condition consists of a tension between demonic and sacred vices. Thus, the human race stands divided against itself and is forever expelled from Eden.

The title, John Milton's Paradise Lost, part of Chelsea House Publishers' Modern Critical Interpretations series, presents the most important 20th-century criticism on John Milton's Paradise Lost through extracts of critical essays by well-known literary critics. This collection of criticism also features a short biography on John Milton, a chronology of the author's life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.

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Format: Abridged,   Audiobook,   Classical
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Pages   4
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 6"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN  9626340029  
ISBN13  9789626340028  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Milton (1608-74) was one of England s greatest poets and a master of polemical prose. He was a private tutor and served as Secretary for Foreign Tongues under Oliver Cromwell."

John Milton lived in London. John Milton was born in 1608 and died in 1674.

John Milton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dover Giant Thrift Editions
  2. Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  3. Modern Library (Hardcover)
  4. Norton Critical Editions
  5. Penguin Classics

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Enthralling  Apr 5, 2008
Unbelievably inspiring. I challenge you to compare his reading with any one else's or your own in your head. He makes it alive. Not perfect, mind you. You'll find yourself suggesting to him in certain spots that he missed the meaning by putting some emphasis or other on the wrong words. Nevertheless, you know you couldn't do better overall. A real treasure.
Review of the Buccaneer Books Library Binding edition  Mar 5, 2008
My review is of the library binding edition released by Buccaneer Books. It is a very plain and small volume which is wonderfully bound. It contains nothing but the poem itself (including the prose arguments) with the original spelling and punctuation. That means no notes, commentary, or introduction, so if you're looking for lots of in-text help, this isn't what you want. The Fowler, Hughes, or Norton editions are all laden with helpful material like that. But if you just want to experience Milton's masterpiece alone, this is a lovely edition. I found that the book could be purchased much more cheaply if I ordered directly from the publisher's website.
Perfectly good recording, incomplete text  Dec 22, 2007
Great for a long drive or while driving cross town in Manhattan. You can debate the issues of suffering with Milton in your head.

Sure do wish it were the whole work.
Zenith  Oct 20, 2007
Milton in Paradise Lost unfurls a morning star banner heralding the cosmic story of the fall of angels and men in language eminently civil. I am sure that Homer and Dante were Milton's schoolmasters yet Milton almost exceeds them in the slendid language and poetry of this epic creation. Philip Pullman said "No one, not even Shakespeare, surpasses Milton in his command of the sound, the music, the weight and taste and texture of English words". This is a poem of majesty and sublime lyricism as in Milton's description of Mulciber falling: "from Morn
To Noon he fell, from Noon to dewy Eve, @@@+PARADISE LOST+@@@
A Summer's day; and with the setting Sun @@@+JOHN MILTON+@@@
Dropt from the Zenith like a falling Star".
Each book of Paradise Lost is introduced with an argument, or summary. These arguments were written by Milton and added because early readers had requested a guide to the poem. Milton's purpose in this masterpiece is to tell about the fall of man and justify God's ways to man. When the angels battle in heaven at one point they pull up mountains and hills and throw them at each other: "So Hills amid the Air encounterd Hills Hurl'd to and fro with jaculation dire, That under ground, they fought in dismal
shade." After their coup attempt in heaven Satan and the other rebel angels are lying stunned on a lake of fire. Satan rises from the lake and makes his way to the shore. He calls the other angels to do the same, and they assemble by and above the lake. Satan tells them that all is not lost and tries to cheer his followers. Led by Mammon and Mulciber, the fallen angels build their capital and palace Pandemonium. They decide to get at God through his new creation and Satan sets off on this mission. In reading Paradise Lost the poem reads the reader while being read. What I mean is that Milton lets his readers go awry in their affections and he corrects and instructs those misreadings as well as anticipates them. In this way the poem becomes a live text with meaning apprehended through the interplay between the peruser of the poem and the text itself. Milton allows the reader to subjectively question the justice of the current religious paradigm and then leads them back to the perspicacity of deity. Ultimately Paradise Lost is Milton's paean to a vast pattern in the universe, the disruption of that pattern by rebels, and the weaving of those rebellion threads back into an ever more beautiful tapestry.

Excellent resource  Oct 5, 2007
Contains extensive information in the introduction that is lends an understanding to anyone reading any of Milton's work. This particular version is very inexpensive, and contains everything one would need to understand PL. Excellent!

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