[Milton-L] Thoughts on Milton and Satan?

Richard A. Strier rastrier at uchicago.edu
Wed Dec 4 13:32:39 EST 2013

This reminds me:  does anyone know who made what I consider the greatest remark ever made about JM-- namely, that if he had been in Eden, he would have eaten the apple and then written a pamphlet defending have done it.

I've always wanted to quote this, and have done it orally but never in print, because I never had a source.  Can anyone help?


From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] on behalf of Bryson, Michael E [michael.bryson at csun.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 1:03 AM
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You'll want to look at Neil Forsyth's work--The Satanic Epic (2003) and The Old Enemy (1987)--to start with. Others here will have plenty of additional suggestions, but Forsyth should be at the top of your list.

Good luck with your research,

Michael Bryson
From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Heather Moon [hthrmn7 at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:34 PM
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Subject: [Milton-L] Thoughts on Milton and Satan?

Hello everyone,
I'm new to the list but I've been doing some research on Milton and his connection to the character Satan in Paradise Lost. I've noticed some similarities between Milton and his character Satan, mainly that they are both ambitious, they both fight against authority, and they're both radicals. I also noticed that the views in writing in Satan's speeches are similar so some of Milton's early work, particularly in his piece Against Prelaty. I've been theorizing that Milton may have been putting his own personality and views into his character Satan in order to fight against the church, particularly against the prelates and possibly Calvinism. Do you have any thoughts on this matter and where I might go for further research?

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