[Milton-L] Bentley's rewrite (online at SCETI)

John Geraghty johnegeraghty at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 12 22:48:33 EDT 2006


A bit late but...

There is an only copy at:
http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?TextID=milton_bentley&PagePosition=1

Last page of XII: 
http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?TextID=milton_bentley&PagePosition=419

-John
----- Original Message ----- 
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> 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>
>>
>> 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
>>
>> >
>>
>> >
>> jshoulson at miami.edu
>>
>> >
>> www.as.miami.edu/english/faculty.htm#shoulson
>>
>> >
>>
>> >
>>
>> > 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>
>>
>> >>> 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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