Paradise Lost (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
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As a young student, John Milton fantasized about bringing the
poetic elocution of Homer and Virgil to the English language. Milton
realized this dream with his graceful, sonorous Paradise Lost, now
considered the most influential epic poem in English literature.
A retelling of the biblical story of mankind’s fall from grace,
Milton’s epic opens shortly after the dramatic expulsion of Satan
and his army of angels from Heaven. What follows is a cosmic battle
between good and evil that ranges across vast, splendid tracts of time
and space, from the wild abyss of Chaos and the fiery lake of Hell to the
Gate of Heaven and God’s newly created paradise, the Garden of
Eden. Controversy still swirls around Milton’s magnificent and
sympathetic characterization of Satan, a portrait so compelling that many
critics have maintained that he is the true hero of the story.
David Hawkes is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh
University. His books include Idols of the Marketplace (2001) and
Ideology (second edition, 2003), and he has contributed articles
to The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, and the
Journal of the History of Ideas.
Features illustrations by William Blake.