Parker's life of Milton has long been accepted as one of the great literary biographies of the twentieth century, a unique accomplishment of scholarship based on a vast range of documentary evidence. Originally published in 1968, the biography was immediately acclaimed as `indispensable', `authoritative', as well as `controversial', and Parker himself was described in The Review of English Studies as `a living library and a walking museum'.
Since the first edition was published, our understanding of seventeenth-century history has been fundamentally reshaped by historians and literary scholars. Gordon Campbell's revised edition of the commentary includes supplementary notes which record recent findings with biographical implications, as
well as the suggested resolutions to some of the questions raised by Parker's original text, such as the dating of Samson Agonistes and Milton's History of Britain.
`what differentiates this version from the previous one is the addition of fifty pages of notes at the end of the second volume ... Some of these notes manage admirably to encapsulate in a sentence or two the essence of articles and books that appeared in the interval between the two editions as well as to offer a better context within which to view statements made by Parker. All this will ensure that the seventeenth-century scholar will continue to utilize
this admirable erudite resource well into the new millennium.'
M. Feingold, Journal of Religious History, Vol. 24
Number Of Pages: 878
Published: 1st July 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised