Preface; John Milton: significant dates; 1. Milton's social life Stephen B. Dobranski; 2. Milton's Ludlow masque Cedric Brown; 3. Lycidas J. Martin Evans; 4. Poems 1645: the future poet Colin Burrow; 5. Milton's politics Martin Dzelzainis; 6. Milton's prose Thomas N. Corns; 7. Milton's sonnets and his contemporaries R. F. Hall; 8. The genres of Paradise Lost Barbara Kiefer Lewalski; 9. Language and knowledge in Paradise Lost John Leonard; 10. The Fall and Milton's theodicy Dennis Danielson; 11. Milton's Satan John Carey; 12. Milton and the sexes Diane K. McColley; 13. Milton and the reforming spirit Georgia Christopher; 14. How Milton read the Bible: the case of Paradise Regained Mary Ann Radzinowicz; 15. A reading of Samson Agonistes Joan S. Bennett; 16. Milton's readers Nicholas von Maltzahn; 17. Milton's place in intellectual history William Kerrigan; 18. Milton's works and life: select studies and resources R. G. Siemens; Index.
Introduces readers to the scope of Milton's work, the richness of its historical relations, and the range of current approaches to it.
'The contributors write in a direct and simple style that is now as rare as it is welcome. It is hard to imagine even the most industrious students going far beyond what this book provides in their study of Milton.' Forum for Modern Language Studies