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Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost


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William Poole is John Galsworthy Fellow and Tutor in English, New College, University of Oxford.


The book displays such an extraordinary level of learning...Poole's book may well become what he shows Paradise Lost soon became: a classic. -- Neil Forsyth * Times Literary Supplement *
Smart and original...It offers a complex literary history by way of an extended biographical reading of a single poem; it demonstrates with astonishing exactitude how Milton's life and-most impressively of all-his reading enabled this epic. -- Marcus Nevitt * The Spectator *
Despite the abundance of Milton-derived literature already available, William Poole manages to deliver a spectacularly structured, tightly written, and captivating addition to literary studies. -- Matthew Snider * PopMatters *
Poole offers an authoritative, and accessible, introduction to Milton's life and an engaging examination of the process of composing Paradise Lost...Poole's book is required reading for seasoned Milton scholars and students serious about the study of Milton. -- P. E. Phillips * Choice *
A readable and learned introduction to the creation and meaning of Paradise Lost. -- Joseph Rosenblum * Library Journal *
In this deeply learned and lucidly written book, Poole provides a useful and compelling portrait of 'Milton as a reader and scholar,' demonstrates how Milton amassed the learning that went into the composition of his most famous poem, and, in the process, makes this most ambitious of early modern poets accessible to his modern readers. -- Corey McEleney * Journal of British Studies *
William Poole proves to be a genial, learned, and intelligent guide to the origins, contexts, structures, themes, and significance of Milton's great epic. Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost is a pleasure to read! -- Stephen M. Fallon, University of Notre Dame
Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost is a compact jewel, quite unique in its synthesis, and it will be consulted for many years to come. -- Nigel Smith, Princeton University
William Poole is one of the most original and interesting scholars of Milton and his time. This will surely become a key-even a classic-work in Milton studies. -- Nicholas McDowell, University of Exeter

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