John Milton

John Milton (9 December 16088 November 1674) was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem ''Paradise Lost'' (1667), written in blank verse, and widely considered to be one of the greatest works of literature ever written.

Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime; his celebrated ''Areopagitica'' (1644), written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship, is among history's most influential and impassioned defences of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. His desire for freedom extended into his style: he introduced new words (coined from Latin and Ancient Greek) to the English language, and was the first modern writer to employ unrhymed verse outside of the theatre or translations.

William Hayley's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author", and he remains generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language", though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death (often on account of his republicanism). Samuel Johnson praised ''Paradise Lost'' as "a poem which...with respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind", though he (a Tory and recipient of royal patronage) described Milton's politics as those of an "acrimonious and surly republican". Poets such as William Blake, William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy revered him. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Milton, John
Published 1773
printed for B. Long, and T. Pridden
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by Milton, John
Published 1792

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by Milton, John
Published 1791
Printed for J. Ridgway, No. 1, York-Street, St. James's-Square

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by Milton, John
Published 1767
Printed by A. Donaldson, and sold at his shops in London and Edinburgh

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by Milton, John
Published 1761
Printed and sold by R. & A. Foulis printers to the University
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by Milton, John
Published 1793
Printed for A. Law, W. Millar, and R. Cates
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by Milton, John
Published 1785
Printed for J. Wren and W. Hodges
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by Milton, John
Published 1743
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by Milton, John
Published 1791
Printed for the proprietors, under the direction of John Bell, British Library, Strand, bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

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by Milton, John
Published 1760
printed by John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson in London

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by Milton, John
Published 1779
at the Apollo Press, by the Martins. Anno

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University of Virginia Library

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by Milton, John
Published 1738
Printed for A. Millar

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by Milton, John
Published 1779
printed for R. Bladon, T. Lawes, S. Crowder, C. Ware, and T. Payne
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by Milton, John
Published 1760
printed for C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J. and R. Tonson, J. Ward, S. Crowder and Co. T. Longman, A. and C. Corbet, B. Law and Co. and R. Ware

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by Milton, John
Published 1744
printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully's Head, Pall-Mall

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by Milton, John
Published 1770
printed for J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington, R. Baldwin, Hawes, Clarke and Collins, W. Johnston, T. Caslon, T. Longman, B. Law, E. and C. Dilly, C. Corbett, G. Kearsley, Johnson and Payne, and T. Becket
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