What Made Milton?

Emma Depledge, John S. Garrison, Marissa Nicosia

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This introductory chapter opens with a material reading of the John Milton that emerges from a publication produced early in his career, Humphrey Moseley’s 1645 Poems, arguing that Milton projected his authorial identity into the world alongside an ambitious stationer who likewise sought to fashion himself through the book trade. The authors consider the volume, its contents, author portrait and inscription, and relationship to Moseley’s contemporaneous publications as a case study that attests to ways in which Milton worked both with and against stationers in order to promote both his authorial status and his personal politics. The essays of Making Milton are then summarized as the editors set out the collection’s three main threads of argument: For the importance of the book trade and the ways in which Milton’s books were made available, read, and sold; Milton’s exceptionalism as an author who participated in the construction of his own profile as a writer; and the ways in which readers and other writers have contributed to shape Milton’s afterlives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking Milton
Subtitle of host publicationPrint, Authorship, Afterlives
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780198821892
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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