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From the Back Cover

Gustave Doré's Romantic style of illustration, supremely imaginative and richly detailed, was ideally suited to literary subjects. His wood-engraved illustrations for John Milton's monumental epic poem Paradise Lost, recounting mankind's fall from the grace of God through the work of Satan, were among his finest and most dramatic works. This volume presents superb reproductions of all 50 plates drawn by Doré and engraved in his studios for the original edition of Paradise Lost.
Artists and art lovers will find in these pages supreme examples of the illustrator's art. Among the events depicted: the expulsion of Satan from heaven, Adam and Eve in Paradise, the nine-day fall of Lucifer's legions to Hell, the Creation, the temptation of Eve, the Flood, Moses holding up the Ten Commandments, and the fearsome creatures Milton referred to as "Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire."
The dreamlike, otherworldly quality Doré often brought to his work seems especially appropriate for Paradise Lost with its lofty spirit and epic events. Indeed, Doré's grand conception seems to realize perfectly Milton's own poetic version. Appropriate quotes from the text of Paradise Lost are printed alongside each illustration. A plot summary of the entire poem is also included.
Dover (1992) unabridged republication of all 50 plates from Milton's Paradise Lost, originally published by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London, ca. 1866.

About the Author

French illustrator Gustave Doré (1833–83) began his prolific career at the age of 15, and his dramatic engravings have exercised an incalculable influence over latter-day artists. The remarkable scope of his work ranges from Milton, Dante, and the Bible to Rabelais, Shakespeare, and street scenes of 19th-century London.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (September 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486277194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486277196
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By KNO2skull on February 22, 2003
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Dore, known perhaps best for his woodcuts of Dante's "Divine Comedy", was not only a fantastic illustrator, but a prolific one as well, producing scores of woodcuts for great literature, including "The Holy Bible" and "Orlando Furioso". Before there were movies, a person could look at these pictures for motion, excitement, and dramatic storytelling.
This is a necessary companion to "Paradise Lost", a great work in its own right. Dore's illustrations clarifies, vivifies, and expands on the reading experience. The pictures are brilliantly reproduced here at a small cost to the consumer. The book stands alone for great artwork and is worth the minimal price.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 1999
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This is with out a doubt the best of Gustave's biblically inspired works. His mastery is proven by creating a visually stunning and poetic world of a time long ago but not forgotten. It's hard to remember what I used to imagine when I thought of the Garden of Eden or the descension of the fallen angels must've been like prior to reading this work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cvairag VINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
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It was by great and curious fortune, that I obtained some years ago, an aged edition of the text of Milton's incredible poem, illustrated by Gustave Dore. These illustrations are amazing. One can only ruminate on the complexity of carving such woodcuts. But, I cannot understand why Dover does not reissue the original, with the illustrations inlaid in the text. For the power of these cuts, at least in part, emanates from their placement in the text, reflecting the full intention of the artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hengky Tanoyo on November 15, 2009
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I have always adored Gustave Dore's engravings on many media. Being into all things angels and demons related, I'm enthralled with the moody atmosphere depicted in here with such an aura of mejesticity that only Gustave Dore could muster. It captures the spirit of Milton's poem right on.
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I absolutley appreciate the gifts and the ability to illustrate and these prints are magnificant. I don't have the words to use to describe these works of art. If a student of art is looking for great art then I recommend this as reference and to add to ones owen collection.
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I purchased a series of Dore collection books for my mother, who is an artist, and has drawn inspiration from Dore's work. Dore's woodcuts are timeless and if this theme appeals to you then you will be very happy.
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Dore never disappoints, and this book is true to form. It's great to have the big prints up close so you can see the amazing detail.

Fred Davis
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a great book since it is big and its easy to appreciate all the effort Dore placed in his work in detail. If you like Dore this is a great book to add to your collection.
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