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

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 17:43:58 EST 2013


I have a hunch, or dim memory, that Mary Astell said something like this...


On 13 February 2013 19:49, Duran, Angelica A <duran0 at purdue.edu> wrote:

>   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.
>
>  Adios,
> Angelica Duran
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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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