[Milton-L] Areopagitica's first readers

Jeffrey Shoulson jshoulson at miami.edu
Mon Apr 23 14:03:29 EDT 2007

Greetings to all,
I'm looking for the most recent and best documented research on the  
reception of Areopagitica in the very first few years after its  
publication (1644-49).  Parker notoriously down-played its  
contemporary impact, whereas Christopher Hill and others have tried  
to recover Milton's pre-interregnum reputation amongst radicals in  
the 1640s.  Where do things stand now, specifically on the matter of  
how widely the tract was read and discussed in contemporaneous writings?
Thanks to any and all for guidance.

Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
University of Miami
PO Box 248145
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4632

(o) 305-284-5596
(f) 305-284-5635

jshoulson at miami.edu

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