John Milton: The Later Life (1641–1674)

Nicholas von Maltzahn

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

John Milton: The Later Life (1641–1674)

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This article discusses the life of John Milton from 1641–74. Milton embarked on a career in public controversy early in 1641. That became a lasting engagement whether in his writing as a citizen in the 1640s; as a public servant under the Rump Parliament (1649–53) and Cromwellian Protectorate (1653–8); as a more independent pamphleteer again in the fresh season of political opportunity Milton discovered in the turmoil of 1659–60;; or as a subject under the restored monarchy after 1660, when he completed Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, and Paradise Regained, and published further of his works including a fresh tract Of True Religion (1673), before his death in November 1674. Milton' compositions often suggest some grand simplification of his purpose as an author. His death found wide notice at the time, at home and abroad, with his notoriety as a controversialist at first outweighing his fame as a poet.

Keywords: John Milton; Rump Parliament; Cromwellian Protectorate; Paradise Lost; Samson Agonistes; Paradise Regained; Of True Religion

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

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