Paradise Lost (Library)

John Milton (Author) Ralph Cosham (Read by)
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Description

Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden. It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.

Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth.

Product Details

Price
$63.00
Publisher
Blackstone Audiobooks
Publish Date
October 15, 2006
Pages
7
Dimensions
6.72 X 1.17 X 6.05 inches | 0.61 pounds
Language
English
Type
Compact Disc
EAN/UPC
9780786162338

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About the Author

John Milton (1608 - 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse. Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime and his celebrated Areopagitica (1644)-written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship-is among history's most influential and impassioned defenses of free speech and freedom of the press.

Ralph Cosham (1936-2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named "Audio Best of the Year" by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery.

Reviews

"Ralph Cosham's smooth voice is a fine match for Milton's blank verse...His choice to read rather than interpret is a wise one. This high-quality production may inspire listeners to further exploration of this significant text."

-- "AudioFile"

"A monumental achievement, both intellectually as a work of the literary imagination and for the powerful expanses of its verse...Inimitable."

-- "Cambridge Guide to Literature in English"

"The greatest single achievement of the seventeenth century...Few poems more deserve, or more repay, prolonged study."

-- "Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature"

"Considered the greatest epic in modern literature."

-- "Masterpieces of World Literature"