[Milton-L] Areopagitica's first readers

Larisa Kocic-Zámbó larisa at lit.u-szeged.hu
Mon Apr 23 16:13:23 EDT 2007

I can only recommend John T. Shawcross' survey of Milton's prose works in
Michael Lieb and John T. Shawcross eds. Achievements of the Left Hand:
Essays on the Prose of John Milton. See pages 304-308.  Unfortunately, I am
in no position to tell whether it reflects the standpoint of recent
criticism on the matter, but would like to hear more myself.

With due respect, 


Larisa Kocic-Zambo


Institute of English & American Studies

6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2.

Tel/Fax: 62/544-259

larisa at lit.u-szeged.hu



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[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Shoulson
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Subject: [Milton-L] Areopagitica's first readers


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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