[Milton-L] Milton Among the Puritans

Carol Barton cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 6 11:13:26 EST 2011


Thanks, Tony, but I can't take credit for the review: that was Amazon's (or Ashgate's).
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  From: Tony Demarest 
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu 
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  A timely text- and as usual, a kind and literate review from Dr Barton-
  Brava yourself-


  Tony


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  From: cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
  Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:06:38 -0500
  Subject: [Milton-L] Milton Among the Puritans


          Milton among the Puritans 
        Catherine Gimelli Martin 
              Price:  $99 
       

  I haven't seen an announcement for this anywhere else, but I did recently receive a message from Amazon.com that Catherine Gemelli Martin's _Milton Among the Puritans_ has been released, and would like to congratulate Catherine on its publication. What a lovely way to being the year, and brava, Catherine!

  Here's the "product description" according to Amazon:

  a.. Hardcover: 300 pages 
  a.. Publisher: Ashgate (November 1, 2010) 
  a.. Language: English 
  a.. ISBN-10: 1409408566 
  a.. ISBN-13: 978-1409408567 

  Solidly grounded in Milton's prose works and the long history of Milton scholarship, "Milton among the Puritans: The Case for Historical Revisionism" challenges many received ideas about Milton's brand of Christianity, philosophy, and poetry. It does so chiefly by retracing his history as a great 'Puritan poet' and reexamining the surprisingly tenuous Whig paradigm upon which this history has been built. Catherine Martin not only questions the current habit of 'lumping' Milton with the religious Puritans but agrees with a long line of literary scholars who find his values and lifestyle utterly inconsistent with godly beliefs and practices. Pursuing this argument, Martin carefully reexamines the whole spectrum of seventeenth-century English Puritanism from the standpoint of the most recent and respected scholarship on the subject. Martin also explores other, more secular sources of Milton's thought, including his Baconianism, his Christian Stoic ethics, and his classical republicanism; she establishes the importance of these influences through numerous direct Baconian references, silent but clear citations, and typical tropes. All in all, Milton among the Puritans presents a radical reassessment of Milton's religious identity; it shows that many received ideas about the 'Puritan Milton' are neither as long-established as most scholars believe nor as historically defensible as most literary critics still assume, and resituates Milton's great poems in the period when they were written, the Restoration. 
  About the Author
  Catherine Gimelli Martin is Dunavant Professor of English at the University of Memphis, USA. 

  Carol Barton, Ph.D.

  A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
  "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do."
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