Making Milton: Print, Authorship, Afterlives

Emma Depledge, John S. Garrison, Marissa Nicosia

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Abstract

This volume consists of fourteen original essays, plus introductory and Afterword chapters, that showcase the latest thinking about John Milton’s emergence as a popular and canonical author. Contributors consider how Milton positioned himself in relation to the book trade, contemporaneous thinkers, and intellectual movements, as well as how his works have been positioned since their first publication. The individual chapters assess Milton’s reception by exploring how his authorial persona was shaped by the modes of writing in which he chose to express himself, the material forms in which his works circulated, and the ways in which his texts were reappropriated by later writers. The Milton that emerges from the collection is one who actively fashioned his reputation by carefully selecting his modes of writing, his language of composition, and the stationers with whom he collaborated. Throughout the volume, contributors also demonstrate the profound impact Milton and his works have had on the careers of a variety of agents, from publishers, booksellers, and fellow writers to colonizers in Mexico and South America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages250
ISBN (Electronic)9780198821892
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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