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Paradise Lost: Parallel Prose Edition [Paperback]

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Pages   559
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573834262  
EAN  9781573834261  

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Paradise Lost has long been hailed as one of the most compelling stories of all time. Its cosmic canvas--heaven, hell, chaos, and the Garden of Eden--has enthralled thousands of readers for more than three centuries. For others, however, it has remained an unopened treasure because of the perceived difficulty of its archaic vocabulary and poetic structure. Dennis Danielson's new edition of Milton's great epic offers a vibrant, authoritative rendition in modern prose alongside the original text of Milton's story of heroism, pathos, beauty, and grace, making accessible for the first time a work that continues to be acclaimed as "possibly the most profound meditation on good and evil ever written" (Toronto Globe & Mail, 2000).

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Milton (1608-74) was one of England's greatest poets and a master of polemical prose. He was a private tutor and served as Secretary for Foreign Tongues under Oliver Cromwell.

William Kerrigan, former president of the Milton Society of America and recipient of its award for lifetime achievement, is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts.

John Rumrich is the author of Matter of Glory and Milton Unbound. He is Thaman Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen M. Fallon, author of Milton's Peculiar Grace and Milton among the Philosophers, is professor of liberal studies and English at the University of Notre Dame.

John Milton has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Sao Paulo.

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Don't waste your money  Sep 1, 2009
You're better off with John Milton's Paradise Lost In Plain English: A Simple, Line By Line Paraphrase Of The Complicated Masterpiece. (The title says it all.) Example: Wonder why there's no "Look Inside" feature here? If there was, on the first page you'd see how Parallel Prose translates Milton's reference to "the Shepherd on Oreb or Sinai" into "the shepherd on Horab or Sinai." Big help, huh? The Plain English version (which does allow a Look Inside) translates it as: "Moses" (in plain English). Paradise Lost is crammed with these kinds of perplexing allusions to people, places and events from the Bible, history, mythology and classical literature. You do the math.
IMPOSSIBLE  Feb 7, 2009
Danielson's meticulous translation may be a godsend for struggling students. Yet the work is touted not so much as a cheat sheet, but as a pleasing alternative for admirers of the difficult poem. Those who are seeking pleasure reading, however, may be disappointed. Danielson is clearly a good writer and handles the archaic style well, but in attempting two things simultaneously--both an accurate translation and a pleasing narrative--he takes on an impossible task. Constrained by the "parallel" adhesion to every line, any real creativity is prohibited. Milton's poetry makes traversing his convoluted maze worth the effort. But stripped of the poetry, the narrative bogs down under its own weight. Which is probably why I find the 1994 prose adaptation by Joseph Lanzara: Paradise Lost: The Novel, which takes extraordinary liberties with the original, a more satisfying literary experience than Danielson's restrictive version.
Stanley Fish Reviews This Book  Dec 30, 2008
I am going to buy this book. Stanley Fish, a university literature professor who writes the "Think Again" blog for the New York Times, reviewed this book on 2008 November 30. The title of his blog column is "'Paradise Lost' in Prose." Just go to the New York Times website and search for the column (I can't include the URL here).

Fish fairly and lucidly explains the reasons for writing a translation of "Paradise Lost" in English, and he favors having the original poem side-by-side with the prose translation. He explains that the translator, Dennis Danielson, has to repeatedly make choices between ambiguous and multiple meanings of words, which unavoidably loses much of the poem's power and the poet's intent, but having the original text in parallel view mitigates this problem. Fish concludes that the prose translation is just the thing for readers who don't have the time or energy to read "Paradise Lost" with full appreciation, which by the way is quite a task.

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