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

Brooke Conti brookeallison at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 15:37:07 EST 2013


Yes to L'Estrange, no to More (if we're talking about the *Fides Publica*,
there's no such assertion in it). Whether people other than L'Estrange made
that claim, I'm not sure.

Best regards,
Brooke Conti

On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM, Smith, Samuel <ssmith at messiah.edu> wrote:

>  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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> From: "Duran, Angelica A" <duran0 at purdue.edu>
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> Subject: [Milton-L] question about writer who justified Milton&apos;s
> blindness
> Date: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 2:49 pm
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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.
>
>  My best to you.
>
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>   From: <Hong>, Lyman Gin <lhong at elcamino.edu>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:43 AM
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> 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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