Johnson's Milton

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Cambridge University Press, May 6, 2010 - Literary Criticism
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.


Part I Johnson the readerwriter
Part II Johnson the critic assessing Miltons achievement
Part III Johnson the biographer constructing Miltons character

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Christine Rees is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College London.

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