John Milton

John Milton (9 December 16088 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and 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.

Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and 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) to the English language, and was the first modern writer to employ non-rhymed 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 1770
Printed for Robert Bell, and sold by J. Crukshank, and I. Collins, printers in Third-Street
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by Milton, John
Published 1721
printed, and are to be sold by W. Taylor, at the Ship and Black-Swan, in Pater-Noster-Row

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by Milton, John
Published 1758
printed by John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson in London
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by Milton, John
Published 1758
printed by John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson in London

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by Milton, John
Published 1782
In der Schwanischen Buchhandlung

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by Milton, John
Published 1738
Printed for A. Millar, at Buchanan's Head, over-against St. Clement's-Church, in the Strand

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by Milton, John
Published 1740
printed for J. and R. Tonson in the Strand

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by Milton, John
Published 1719
printed for M. Wellington over-against St. Clement's Church in the Strand
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by Milton, John
Published 1777
at the Apollo Press, by the Martins. Anno

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by Milton, John
Published 1738
printed for James Hodges, at the Looking-Glass, on London-Bridge

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by Milton, John
Published 1777
Printed by Robert Bell, in Third-Street
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by Milton, John
Published 1787
Printed for William Young and Joseph James, Chesnut-Street
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by Milton, John
Published 1794
by James R. Hutchins, for Ebenezer Larkin, Cornhill, and E. & S. Larkin, State-Street, Boston
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by Milton, John
Published 1774
Printed by Thomas and Samuel Green
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by Milton, John
Published 1791
printed by Graisberry and Campbell, for William Jones, No. 86, Dame-Street

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by Milton, John
Published 1738
printed by J. Hughs, near Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, for R. Dodsley, at Tully's-Head, Pall-Mall

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by Milton, John
Published 1738
printed by S. Powell, for G. Risk, G. Ewing, and W. Smith, in Dame-Street, and G. Faulkner, in Essex-Street, Booksellers

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by Milton, John
Published 1772
printed for T. Lowndes; T. Caslon; S. Bladon; W. Nicoll; and T. Becket and Co

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by Milton, John
Published 1774
printed for T. Lowndes; T. Caslon; and W. Nicoll