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John Milton (1608-1674)
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John Milton's Quartercentenary
(1608-1674)

John Milton (1608-1674) ranks among the greatest poets of the English language. He is best known for the epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), but he also wrote prose works on history, religion, and contemporary politics (in support of freedom to divorce, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and republican government). Although his academic talents marked him for a career in the Anglican church, Milton turned away from the Church of England at an early age and was a consistent supporter of the Puritan cause. He spent most of his life in academia or as a civil servant working for the Puritan Commonwealth.

[For further reading see The English Revolution, a Reading List about Milton's Political Thought, the Timeline of his Life and Work]