[Milton-L] Milton bio's

susan allison jbase484 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 10:00:17 EST 2008


In re: Samson Agonistes:

On Dec 9, 2008, at 9:58 AM, jonnyangel wrote:

> Speaking of Gordon Campbell, has anyone read his new Milton bio  
> that came out last month?
>
> If so, how does it stack up to Lewalski’s “The life of John  
> Milton”?
>
> What I mean is, are they both necessary to have, or is Campbell’s  
> just more of the same?
>
> I’m very picky about books that I purchase, and I don’t want to  
> read a rehashing is why I ask.
>
> I’m also very obsessed at the moment with the idea that a lot of  
> ‘Samson Agonistes’ had to have been influenced (as it stands  
> complete) by Milton’s imprisonment, book burning’s and hefty  
> fines after Charles II rode back into town. Both are blind,  
> imprisoned and in a subordinate roles to the Philistines (Charles  
> II) etc.
>
> I’m not expecting those ideas to ever be supported by the current  
> evidence on record, but I would hope that (as promised in Gordon’s  
> VIP Milton) that this new bio reveals some new, interesting  
> evidence on Milton’s life.
>
> And to John Milton, Happy Birthday! And what a monumental one at  
> that – how many people’s birthdays are celebrated 400 years later?
>
> Peace Shalom,
>
> Jonny
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