[Milton-L] Bentley's rewrite

srevard at siue.edu srevard at siue.edu
Thu Aug 3 14:55:47 EDT 2006


Quoting "Peter C. Herman" <herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu>:

>
>
> I agree with Professor Kolbrener that Bentley's "edition" (at
> times, I think it's an unrecognized comic masterpiece) represents more
> than an episode in the "history of taste," as he has--as
> William Empson first pointed out-- an eagle eye for everything that is
> problematic about Paradise Lost. Bentley regularly supplies what
> Milton denies, i.e., replacing the incertitude of "wand'ring"
> with the much more reassuring "social," and in particular
> replacing the nearly existential "Through Eden took their solitary
> way" with the again reassuring "WITH HEAV'NLY COMFORT
> CHEER'D." Bentley points out exactly where Milton's poem departs
> from expectation, but instead of confronting the poem that Milton
> actually wrote, he invents  an interfering editor, and
> "restores" the poem to its supposedly orthodox state.
>
>
>
> Peter C. Herman
>
>
> At 04:37 AM 8/3/2006, you wrote:
>
> Perhaps
> more than just an episode in the "history of taste." 
> Bentley, though wrong (or is it perhaps polemical?), is almost always on
> target in pointing out the passages which matter most in Paradise
> Lost.
>
>  
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "Jeffrey Shoulson"
> <jshoulson at miami.edu>
>
> To: "John Milton Discussion List"
> <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
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> Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 9:11 PM
>
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Bentley's rewrite
>
>
>
> > No, that's perfect, Angelica. 
> Thanks for the prompt response.
>
> > Jeffrey
>
> >
>
> > Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
>
> > Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
>
> > University of Miami
>
> > PO Box 248145
>
> > Coral Gables, FL 33156
>
> >
>
> > (o) 305-284-5596
>
> > (f) 305-284-2182
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> >
>
> >
> jshoulson at miami.edu
>
> >
> www.as.miami.edu/english/faculty.htm#shoulson
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> >
>
> >
>
> > On Aug 2, 2006, at 3:03 PM, Angelica Duran wrote:
>
> >
>
> >> Dear Jeffrey,
>
> >>
>
> >> That's what we are here for.  Here is is, per page 399 of
> the EEBO
>
> >> version
>
> >> (Milton, John. _Milton¹s Paradise lost. A new edition, by
> Richard
>
> >> Bentley_,
>
> >> D.D. London, 1732. 437pp.):
>
> >>
>
> >> 645  Some natural tears they drop'd, but wip'd them
> soon:
>
> >>      The World was All before them,
> where to choose
>
> >>      Their place of Rest; and
> Providence their guide :
>
> >>   *  They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and
> slow,
>
> >> 649  Through Eden took their solitary way.
>
> >>
>
> >>   * THEN hand in hand with SOCIAL steps their
> way
>
> >>     Through Eden took, WITH HEAV'NLY COMFORT
> CHEER'D.
>
> >>
>
> >> All the caps and spellings are correct. Tell me if you need to
> know
>
> >> where
>
> >> italics are (variously in lines 648-9, both versions).
>
> >>
>
> >> Adios,
>
> >>
>
> >> Angelica Duran
>
> >> (765) 496-3957
>
> >>
> <duran0 at cla.purdue.edu>
>
> >>
>
> >>
>
> >>> From: Jeffrey Shoulson
> <jshoulson at miami.edu>
>
> >>> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List
> <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
>
> >>> Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 14:54:37 -0400
>
> >>> To: John Milton Discussion List
> <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
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> >>> Subject: [Milton-L] Bentley's rewrite
>
> >>>
>
> >>> I hate to impose upon this learned list for help in a matter
> that, if
>
> >>> I
>
> >>> had proper access to a full library, I would be able to
> handle on my
>
> >>> own.  Since I am not right now in the position to
> consult such a
>
> >>> library, however, I wonder if anyone out there can send me,
> or point
>
> >>> to
>
> >>> a site on the web where I can find, Bentley's awful,
> tone-deaf
>
> >>> rewriting on the last lines of Paradise Lost.
>
> >>> Thanks,
>
> >>> Jeffrey Shoulson
>
> >>>
>
> >>> Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
>
> >>> Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
>
> >>> University of Miami
>
> >>> PO Box 248145
>
> >>> Coral Gables, FL 33156
>
> >>>
>
> >>> (o) 305-284-5596
>
> >>> (f) 305-284-2182
>
> >>>
>
> >>>
> jshoulson at miami.edu
>
> >>>
> www.as.miami.edu/english/faculty.htm#shoulson
>
> >>>
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