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Paradise Lost: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 3

Paradise Lost: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 3

by John Milton, Gordon Teskey
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This Norton Critical Edition is designed to make Paradise Lost accessible for student readers, providing invaluable contextual and biographical information and the tools students need to think critically about this landmark epic.

Gordon Teskey's freshly edited text of Milton's masterpiece is accompanied by a new introduction and substantial explanatory annotations. Spelling and punctuation have been modernized, the latter, importantly, within the limits imposed by Milton’s syntax. "Sources and Backgrounds" collects relevant passages from the Bible and Milton’s prose writings, including selections from The Reason of Church Government and the full text of Areopagitica. "Criticism" brings together classic interpretations by Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, Victor Hugo, and T. S. Eliot, among others, and the most important recent criticism and scholarship surrounding the epic, including essays by Northrop Frye, Barbara Lewalski, Christopher Ricks, and Helen Vendler. A Glossary and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393924282
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 63,366
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Gordon Teskey is Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of Delirious Milton: The Poet in the Modern World and Allegory and Violence, and co-editor of Unfolded Tales: Essays on Renaissance Romance.

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WalkerSteven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paradise Lost has been one of the most challenging yet satisfying reads I have ever experienced. The story is about Satan and his fall from heaven. It goes through his battle with God, his fall into hell, his fellow fallen angels, his journey to Eden, and his corruption of the garden of paradise. It is a difficult novel to read because, not only is the language very difficult, but for a christian reader, it sometimes seems as if Satan is heroic and pitiable. I found myself often having to step back and say "remember Walker, this is the same guy who corrupted all of mankind".I read this Epic because I felt it might fit in well with the topic of Utopias and Dystopias. I was not disappointed. Although the story was not particularly about a Utopia or Dystopia, it dealt with the destruction of the Utopia (Eden), and the seeds which Satan laid to create earth into a Dystopia. After reading the almost atheistically Oriana novel Brave New World, it was fascinating to see a Christian side to the Utopia vs. Dystopia conflict.Although I enjoyed the Epic, I would not recommend it to many readers under the age of 20. I know that I would not have been able to make heads or tale of it had I not had a background in Vergil's Aeneid. After translating the Aeneid from the original Latin, I knew what to expect from Paradise Lost (which Milton wrote as an allusion to the Aeneid). The prose is extremely difficult, and is made all the more difficult by the numerous Biblical references as well. Unless you have spent significant time reading stories that are written in Epic form, or follow the metrical patterns of Roman literature, I do not think you will understand this Epic.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
Milton is hard to read. The language of the late 1600's seemed impenetrable to me at first, but Teskey's notes helped me through it. Not much has to be said about the poem itself: it is cemented in the canon of the English language as a masterpiece. One thing I was surprised by was the sympathetic construction of Satan. He is not an evil character, he is just angry and even embodies human traits. This edition also includes John Milton's work Areopogatica about the Church of England and their licensing rights. I was moved by Milton's defense of free speech.
VivalaErin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The shortest answer is: John Milton was a poetic genius. PL is so beautiful, you can't help but feel for Adam and Eve. Even Satan is a great character - he so wants to be an epic hero. This poem is a masterpiece, and he wrote it completely blind. Beautiful, absolutely amazing.
9days on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite edition of Paradise Lost. Since the text is full of archaic references, understanding what is meant can often be difficult (and result in a lot of trips to reference books).But this edition provides footnotes that explain each reference and allusion, making reading much easier (and understandable).Also included are a couple other smaller works by Milton, as well as thoughts and criticism on Paradise Lost (most notably the contribution from C.S. Lewis).
wordebeast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The kids never like it when you say you're reading this for class, but actually, tolkien fans should have a blast with it.
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