Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 October 2008

384 Pages | 12 black-and-white engravings from the first illustrated edition 1688


ISBN: 9780199554225

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Paradise Lost

John Milton
Philip Pullman

  • Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in English literature, and it is here championed by one of its best-known modern admirers, the novelist Philip Pullman. In his general introduction Pullman describes the power of the poem, its achievement as a story, how we should read it today, and its influence on him and His Dark Materials.
  • In addition to the general introduction, Philip Pullman introduces each of the twelve books of the poem with a succinct summary of the action combined with a personal response to Milton's technique.
  • Pullman demystifies the poem for new readers and his tremendous admiration and enthusiasm will encourage people who have hitherto considered it too 'difficult'.
  • This edition is beautifully illustrated with the twelve engravings from the first illustrated edition of 1688.