"This excellent selection is what I have always wanted for my students: un-modernised texts very well edited and contextualised. Milton's seering radicalism, the extraordinary controlled freedom of his rhetoric, the engagement with the great issues of England's revolution, but also with universal themes of God, Man, liberty, accountability, are made accessible as never before."—John Morrill, Professor of British and Irish History, Cambridge
From the Back Cover
Regarded by many as the equal of Shakespeare in poetic imagination and expression, Milton was also a prolific writer of prose who explored, with great acutiy and originality, his frequently dissenting and controversial views on religion, politics, and liberty. This new and extensively annotated edition of his major prose works presents them in their Original Language
, spelling, and punctuation, and demonstrates Milton's continued relevance. It shows why Milton's rich, varied prose works are justly reckoned among his greatest achievements, analyzing such major topics as freedom of the press, religious toleration and liberty of conscience, gender, marriage, the dangers of tyranny, and the significance of political debate and dissent.The exhaustive notes compiled for his edition illluminate the complexities of the shifting contemporary political and religious contexts in which Milton wrote and published his major prose works, even as they elucidate the wealth of Milton's biblical, classical, and topical allusions. Most Crucially for contemporary readers, his Prose Writings Address
the meanings and consequences of different kins of liberty: religious, political, domestic and individual.
About the Author
is Helen C.White Professor of English and the Humantities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.? His books include Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism
(2001), which received the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book.? He has co-edited The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature
(2002), Early Modern Nationalism
and Milton's England
(2008), and The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley
(2009).? He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.