‘Ere Half My Days’: Milton's Life, 1608–1640

Edward Jones

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697885
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 ‘Ere Half My Days’: Milton's Life, 1608–1640

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The life story of John Milton is remarkable both for the interest it has elicited and the relatively small amount of corroborated evidence upon which it is based. Milton's early life has been divided into three parts: his years prior to entering the University of Cambridge (1608–24), his seven years of formal education (1625–32), and the post-university period of ‘studious retirement’ (1632–40), which encompasses his years at Hammersmith and Horton, his Continental tour, and the initial eighteen months of living on his own in London. The greatest losses from the earliest period of Milton's life are his school records. Milton's account of his tour has allowed scholars to establish his general whereabouts and on occasion confirm a daily activity.

Keywords: John Milton; University of Cambridge; Hammersmith; Horton; Continental tour; London; studious retirement

Article.  12559 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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