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Milton and the Idea of the Fall

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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120166


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About the Authors
  • John Milton produced the most magnificent poetic account ever written of the biblical Fall of man in Paradise Lost (1667). William Poole presents a comprehensive analysis of the origin, evolution, and contemporary debate on the Fall, and the way seventeenth-century authors, particularly Milton, represented it. Poole first examines the range and depth of early modern thought on the subject, then explains and evaluates the basis of the idea and the intellectual and theological controversies it inspired from early Christian times to Milton's own century.

    • An in-depth discussion of this crucial theme in Milton's work
    • Focuses on readings of Paradise Lost, but discusses all of Milton's oeuvre
    • Delves into the biblical, medieval, and seventeenth-century background of ideas of the Fall
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    • Winner of the James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book from the Milton Society of America'

    Reviews & endorsements

    "thoroughly researched and well-written book"
    -Neil Forsyth

    "Milton and the Idea of the Fall does the exciting and important work of historically contextualizing Milton's thinking about the Fall."
    -Amy Dunham Stackhouse, Iona College, Renaissance Quarterly

    "Poole has wonderful background material on offer and he serves it up with vigor and wit."
    -Eugene D. Hill, Mount Holyoke College, American and English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120166
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Fallen Culture:
    1. The fall
    2. Augustinianism
    3. The quarrel over original sin 1649–60
    4. The heterodox fall
    5. The fall in practice
    Part II. Milton:
    6. Towards Paradise Lost
    7. Paradise Lost I: the causality of primal wickedness
    8. Paradise Lost II: God, Eden, and man
    9. Paradise Lost III: creation and education
    10. Paradise Lost IV: fall and expulsion

  • Author

    William Poole, New College, Oxford


    • Winner of the James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book from the Milton Society of America'

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