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Johnson's Milton [electronic resource] /
Christine Rees.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
description
xiii, 296 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
052119279X, 9780521192798
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
isbn
052119279X
9780521192798
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8365689
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [274]-290) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
Rees (King's College London) provides a welcome addition to the critical literature on both Samuel Johnson and John Milton. Written with learned clarity, the book offers to rehabilitate understanding of an often-misunderstood or misconstrued relationship between these two masters of very different literary periods. Rees organizes the book in three sections. The first, which looks at Johnson as a creative reader of Milton, surveys Milton's presence in Johnson's essays, poetry, political tracts, and fiction. The chapter on Rasselas as "a rewriting of Paradise Lost" is especially provocative and rewarding. The second section examines Johnson as a critic of Milton; the third, Johnson as Milton's biographer. Although these categories necessarily overlap at times, Rees's treatment is logical and lucid. His poise between close attention to specific passages and larger, more general critical perspective is admirable and compelling. This is perhaps the best book on Johnson to appear within the past few years. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. W. Lee Arkansas Tech University
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'Johnson's Milton' explores the response of one great English literary figure, Samuel Johnson, to another, John Milton. Combining close analysis of Johnson's allusions to Milton with an account of Johnson's complicated and controversial attitude to Milton, this book makes a contribution to the study of both writers.
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Johnson's Milton explores the response of one great English literary figure, Samuel Johnson, to another, John Milton. Combining close analysis of Johnson's allusion to Milton with an account of Johnson's complicated and controversial attitude to Milton, this innovative book is an important contribution to the study of both writers.
Main Description
Samuel Johnson is often represented as primarily antagonistic or antipathetic to Milton. Yet his imaginative and intellectual engagement with Milton's life and writing extended across the entire span of his own varied writing career. As essayist, poet, lexicographer, critic and biographer - above all as reader - Johnson developed a controversial, fascinating and productive literary relationship with his powerful predecessor. To understand how Johnson creatively appropriates Milton's texts, how he critically challenges yet also confirms Milton's status, and how he constructs him as a biographical subject, is to deepen the modern reader's understanding of both writers in the context of historical continuity and change. Christine Rees's insightful study will be of interest not only to Milton and Johnson specialists, but to all scholars of early modern literary history and biography.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Johnson and Milton
Johnson the Reader/Writer: Appropriating Milton's Texts:
Summoning Milton's ghost: Miltonic allusion in the periodical essays
'No Miltonian fire'? Miltonic allusion in Johnson's poetry
Rasselas: a rewriting of Paradise Lost?
'Licence they mean when they cry liberty': the 1770s tracts
Johnson the Critic: Assessing Milton's Achievement:
'Phantoms which cannot be wounded': the Lauder affair
Cutting a colossus: Johnson's criticism of Paradise Lost
Cherry-stones: Johnson on Milton's shorter poems
Johnson the Biographer: Constructing Milton's Character:
'An acrimonious and surly republican': Milton as political subject
'Domestick privacies': Milton as private subject
Conclusion: 'what other author ever soared so high?'
Bibliography
Index
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