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WWW Resources for Milton Studies

This page lists what I find to be the most helpful Web sites that lead to what is available, on the Internet, for a study of John Milton, with special emphasis on Paradise Lost.

 The Milton-L Home Page! is an excellent starting point for Milton studies. Of his site, Kevin J.T. Creamer writes, "This web site endeavors to be a complete guide to Milton and related resources on the Internet." It has a discussion group (with 5 years of archives), links to nine editions of Paradise Lost, Milton biographies, scholarly articles, and many hyperlinks to relevant material.

 Professor Thomas Luxon, with the help of his students, has created The Reading Room. Dr. Luxon writes, "like most websites, is (and will always be) a work in progress. The site now contains most of Milton's major poetry in English and some of his prose. Many, but not all of the works presented here have been fully annotated. I hope that within two years, the site will present fully annotated and hyperlinked versions of all of Milton's English works. This will place the Milton Reading Room in the midst of the virtual library that the web is rapidly becoming. Milton, I believe, should be read and studied from inside a library, and the web makes this possible on a scale only recently imagined."

     Part of The Reading Room is a multimedia edition of Paradise Lost, with readable font, useful footnotes and Web links to maps, paintings, the Bible, and much more -- all neatly placed within the frame beneath the poetry. Although I encourage my students to sit over a book, and to take notes in margins and in notebooks, Prof. Luxon's electronic text seems close to ideal for close study of complex poetry. Here is a direct hyperlink to Paradise Lost.

 Of his edition of " Paradise Lost in the context of other works, Dene' Scoggins writes, "Milton's Paradise Lost is presented here as a political and religious writing where both aspects are fused together. At times this makes it difficult to understand Milton's purpose behind this lengthy work. This website is intended to aid in analyzing the piece by explaining its primary concepts and issues in the context of other works by Milton."

 Dr. George Klawitter's The Iconography of Paradise Lost is a remarkable Web site. It was created to accompany a paper [by Dr. Klawitter] titled "John Martin's Paradise Lost: Revolution and Grandeur." The paper was delivered at the South Central Renaissance Conference in Spring, 1996. Gustave Doré and John Martin are notable engravers among the artists represented.

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