Skip to main content Accessibility help
  • This chapter is unavailable for purchase
  • Cited by 1
  • Print publication year: 2002
  • Online publication date: March 2008

17 - Milton



Milton's earliest publications and performances appeared in contexts supported by a traditional, perhaps courtly, emphasis on interpersonal relations. Or perhaps Marshall wanted to capture the contrast between the present poet and the author Milton repeatedly evokes in the accompanying text by reminding the reader of his unripe years at the time of composition. Yet Milton was a less than censorious licenser: famously he was examined in 1652 for having approved for publication (in August 1650) a work known as the Racovian Catechism, a Socinian text which Parliament subsequently condemned as 'blasphemous, erroneous, and scandalous'. It is possible that they were an afterthought, or that Milton strategically added them, with the errata, after the text had been licensed and partly printed. It appeared with an engraved portrait by William Faithorne, subsequently widely reproduced. Milton's later works generally appeared with the plain attribution The Author John Milton or By John Milton, this offered only initials, though this does not amount to concealment.
Amory, H. 1983Things unattempted yet: a bibliography of the first edition of Paradise lost’, Book Collector, 32.
Barker, F. The tremulous private body: essays on subjection (London, 1984);
Barnard, J. 1998The large- and small-paper copies of Dryden’s The works of Virgil (1697): Jacob Tonson’s investment and the example of Paradise lost (1688)’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 92.
Blum, A. 1987The author’s authority: Areopagitica and the labour of licensing’, in Nyquist, M., and Ferguson, M. W. (eds.), Re-membering Milton: essays on the texts andtraditions, London.
Brown, C. C. John Milton’s aristocratic entertainments (Cambridge, 1985) –78.
Carey, J. ed. Milton: complete shorter poems, (2nd edn, London and NewYork, 1997) and 293.
Chernaik, W. 1991Books as memorials: the poetics of consolation’, Yearbook of English Studies 21.
Corns, T. N. 1982Milton’s quest for respectability’, Modern Language Review, 77.
Darbishire, H. ed. The poetical works of John Milton, (Oxford, 1952),
Dobranski, S. 1999 Milton, authorship, and the book trade, Cambridge.
Dzelzainis, M. 1995Milton and the Protectorate in 1658’, in Armitage, , Himy, and Skinner, 1995.
Flannagan, R. ed. Riverside Milton, (Boston and New York, 1998).
French, J. M. The life records of John Milton, 5 vols. (New Brunswick, NJ, 19491958), iv –31;
Griffin, D. 1990The beginnings of modern authorship: Milton to Dryden’, Milton Quarterly, 24.
Hale, J. K. 1995aObservations on Milton’s accents’, Renaissance and Reformation, 19.
Hale, J. K. 1995bThe pre-criticism of Milton’s Latin verse, illustrated from the ode “Ad Joannem Rousium”’, in Stanwood, P. G. (ed.), Of poetry and politics: new essays on Milton and his world, Binghamton.
Hale, J. K. Milton’s languages: the impact of multilingualism on style (Cambridge, 1997).
Helgerson, R. 1983 Self-crowned Laureates: Spenser, Jonson, Milton, and the literary system, Berkeley.
Hunter, G. K. ed., A Milton encyclopaedia, 9 vols. (Lewisburg, 19781983), vii, 64–6.
Johnson, R. M. 1994The politics of publication: misrepresentation in Milton’s 1645 Poems’, Criticism, 36.
Kernan, A. P. 1987 Printing technology, letters and Samuel Johnson, Princeton, NJ.
Kewes, P. 1995“Give me the sociable pocket-books…”: Humphrey Moseley’s serial publication of octavo play collections’, Publishing History, 23.
Levine, J. M. 1991 The Battle of the Books: history and literature in the Augustan Age, Ithaca, NY.
Lindenbaum, P. 1993John Milton and the republican mode of literary production’, in Brown, C. C. (ed.), Patronage, politics, and literary traditions in England, 1558–1658, Detroit. This first appeared in The Yearbook of English Studies, 21 (1991).
Lindenbaum, P. 1994Milton’s contract’, in Woodmansee, M.
Lindenbaum, P. 1995aThe poet in the marketplace: Milton and Samuel Simmons’, in Stanwood, 1995.
Lindenbaum, P. 1995bAuthors and publishers in the late seventeenth century: new evidence on their relations’, The Library. Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 6th ser., 17.
Lindenbaum, P. 1997Rematerializing Milton’, Publishing History, 41.
Loewenstein, J. F. 1994Legal proofs and corrected readings: press-agency and the New Bibliography’, in Miller, D. L., O’Dair, S. and Weber, H. (eds.), The production of English Renaissance culture, Ithaca and London.
Maltzahn, N. 1991 Milton’s History of Britain: Republican historiography in the English Revolution, Oxford.
Maltzahn, N. 1995aThe Whig Milton, 1667–1700’, in Armitage, , Himy, , and Skinner, 1995.
Maltzahn, N. 1995bSamuel Butler’s Milton’, Studies in Philology, 92.
Maltzahn, N. 1996aThe first reception of Paradise Lost (1667)’, Review of English Studies, ns. 47.
Maltzahn, N. 1996bThe Royal Society and the provenance of Milton’s History of Britain (1670)’, Milton Quarterly, 30.
Marcus, L. S. 1996 Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton, London and New York.
Masson, D. The life of John Milton, 7 vols. (rev. edn., London, 18751894), iv. –35;
McKenzie, D. F. 1976bThe London book trade in the later seventeenth century’, Sandars lectures 1976, Cambridge. Typescript copies deposited in British Library, London, Bodleian Library, Oxford and Cambridge University Library.
McKenzie, D. F. 1980Milton’s printers: Matthew, Mary and Samuel Simmons’, Milton Quarterly, 14.
McKenzie, D. F. 1988 Lyell Lectures, privately circulated.
McKenzie, D. F. 1992The economies of print, 1550–1750: scales of production and conditions of constraint’, in Produzione e commercio della carta e del libro secc. XIII–XVIII, Prato (Istituto Internazionale di Storia EconomicaDatini, F.Prato, Serie II – Atti delle ‘Settimane di Studi’ e altri Convegni 23).
Moseley, in Milton, Poems (1645), sig. a3 r-v.
Moyles, R. G. 1985 The text of ‘Paradise lost’: a study in editorial procedure, Toronto.
Newton, T. ed., Paradise lost: a poem, 2 vols. (London, 1749), i, sig. A2r.
Norbrook, D. Poetry and politics in the English Renaissance (London, 1994).
Norbrook, D.Euripides, Milton and Christian Doctrine’, Milton Quarterly, 29 (1995);
Norbrook, D. Writing the English Republic: poetry, rhetoric and politics 1627–1660 (Cambridge, 1999);
Parker, W. R. Milton: a biography, rev. Campbell, G., 2 vols. (Oxford, 1996), i, p. ;
Potter, L. 1989 Secret rites and secret writing: Royalist Literature 1641–1660, Cambridge.
Raymond, J. 1996aThe cracking of the republican spokes’, Prose Studies, 19.
Reed, J. C. 1927–30Humphrey Moseley, publisher’, Oxford Bibliographical Society Proceedings and Papers, 2.
Revard, S. P. 1997 Milton and the tangle of Neaera’s hair: the making of the 1645 Poems, Columbia, MO and London.
Saunders, J. W. 1955Milton, Diomede and Amaryllis’, English Literary History, 22.
Saunders, J. W. 1964 The profession of English letters, London.
Shawcross, J. T. Milton: a bibliography for the years 1624–1700 (Binghamton, 1984), nos. 2–26, 43, 46, 57, 73, 93, 200, 241, 284–6, 289, 293–5, 336;
Smith, N. 1994 Literature and Revolution in England, 1640–1660, New Haven and London.
Sprott, S. E. ed. A maske: the earlier versions, (Toronto, 1973);
Toland, John in The early lives of John Milton, ed. Darbishire, H. (New York, 1965, orig. 1923), p. ;
Walsh, M. 1997 Shakespeare, Milton, and eighteenth-century literary editing: the beginnings of interpretative scholarship, Cambridge.
Wolfe, D. M. gen. ed. Complete prose works of John Milton, (New Haven, 19531982), i –14;
Woodall, N. J. 1994Milton’s Vergilian epigraphs of 1637 and 1645’, in Durham, C. W. and McColgan, K. P. (eds.), Spokesperson Milton: voices in contemporary criticism, Selinsgrove.