A Complete Collection of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton

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by John Milton

John Milton (1608-1674) was an English poet and polemicist, and a civil servant in England under Oliver Cromwell. He was best known for his epic poem, Paradise Lost.[1] Milton had a huge effect on poetic writing. “In life Milton was both praised and scorned; praised for his achievements in poetry and scorned for his writings on church and state.”[2]

In the eighteenth century, Milton’s work was “largely responsible for the shift from rhyme to blank verse, and also for many features of poetic diction and syntax.”[3] Milton’s Paradise Lost permeated the arts, inspiring imitation and parody in written work. It also became the cornerstone for a focus on the “sublime,” as well as the inspiration for a focus on the picturesque in the visual art of the time. In the nineteenth century, Milton was made the British national poet.[4]

Bibliographic Information

Author: John Milton

Title: A Complete Collection Of The Historical, Political, And Miscellaneous Works Of John Milton: Correctly Printed From The Original Editions: With An Historical And Critical Account Of The Life And Writings Of The Author, Containing Several Original Papers Of His, Never Before Published

Published: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1738.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf with matched period rebacking and engraved frontispiece.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Sources

Volume 1 (Internet Archive)


  1. Gordon Campbell, "Milton, John (1608–1674)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed October 4, 2013.
  2. eNotes, s.v. "John Milton", accessed October 23, 2013, http://www.enotes.com/topics/john-milton/critical-essays/milton-john.
  3. Campbell, "Milton, John."
  4. Ibid.