Historical Period: The Early Modern Period
John Milton (1608-1674) ranks among the greatest poets of the English language. He is best known for the epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), but he also wrote prose works on history, religion, and contemporary politics. Although his academic talents marked him for a career in the Anglican church, Milton turned away from the Church of England at an early age and was a consistent supporter of the Puritan cause. He spent most of his life in academia or as a civil servant working for the Puritan Commonwealth.
For additional information about John Milton see the following:
- Timeline on the Life and Work of John Milton
- the Goodrich Seminar Room entry on John Milton
- Topic on The English Revolution
- Author: Areopagitica (1644) (Jebb ed.)
- Author: BOLL 63: John Milton, “For the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing” (1664)
- Author: The Poetical Works of John Milton
- Author: The Prose Works of John Milton, 2 vols.
- Author: Puritanism and Liberty, being the Army Debates (1647-9)
- Author: The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth
- Author: The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates