[Milton-L] question about writer who justified Milton's blindness

Smith, Samuel ssmith at messiah.edu
Wed Feb 13 15:32:23 EST 2013


Are we talking about Roger L'Estrange's pamphlet, No Blind Guides (1660)? I think L'Estrange took more than one shot at Milton's blindness as God's punishment on the defender of regicide.

Samuel Smith


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I don't have my library to hand, but I think you will find that it was Morus (Alexander More) who made those claims.  You are perhaps remembering Milton's excoriation of Morus' wife in response.

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Dear LH,

If you are looking for a literary representation of that claim, I too would be interested in knowing it. If multiple epistolary claims will do, see the entries indexed as "Milton, John" subcategory "blind" in volume 5 of French's The Life Records of John Milton. New Brunswic: Rutgers UP, 1958. It has some downright abusive comments that Milton's contemporary detractors had to say about his blindness as just desserts.

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Subject: [Milton-L] question about writer who justified Milton's blindness

Hello,

I’m trying to track down a quotation, and am seeking people whose knowledge and memory are superior to mine.

The question: I recall that there was a writer (female) who argued that Milton’s blindness was brought on by his wicked political views and positions on divorce.  Any help with the name or reference would be much appreciated.  LH

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