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Wife to Mr. Milton and The Isles of Unwisdom (Millennium Graves) [Hardcover]

Robert Graves
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April 28, 2003 1857545850 978-1857545852
The Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr Milton and The Islands of Wisdom edited by Simon Brittan In The story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr. Milton (1943) Robert Graves - half a century before Carol Ann Duffy - creates a Mrs for a famous Mr, a Mr who Graves regards as one of the heinous monsters in the English poetic pantheon. Certainly his Mrs Milton is ill-used by a distended genius. Milton's first wife was sixteen when they married. Milton was after her dowry and when it did not follow he proved a domineering and prig, unresponsive to her sensuousness or her down-to-earth wit. It was a spiritual misalliance, too: her Catholicism sorted ill with his beliefs. The dramatic political and military events of the English civil war touch her life at every point, and we witness the execution of Charles I close up. The depiction of everyday life at the time and the merciless portrait of the young Milton, are spell-binding. The Islands of Unwisdom (1949) is also a true story, but visits a different, very Catholic world, that of the expeditions of the Spanish explorers and discoverers, near contemporaries of Milton but not emancipated by the Reformation, who come unstuck in the New World. Graves reconstructs the ill-fated voyage of Alvaro de Mendana y Neya to find the Solomon Islands, popularly believed to constitute the fabled Land of Ophir, where King Solomon got his legendary wealth. With Don Alvaro sails his wife Ysabel, a key figure in the narrative.

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Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic, was one of the gratest writers of the 20th Century. Athough he produced over 100 books he is perhaps best known for the novel I, CLAUDIUS (1934),THE WHITE GODDESS (1948) and GREEK MYTHS (1955). Robert Graves was born in Wimbledon, south London. His father, Alfred Percival Graves, was a school inspector, and his mother, Amalie von Ranke Graves, was a great-niece of the German historian Leopold von Ranke (1795-1866). He was educated at Charterhouse, and awarded a B.Litt by St. John's College, Oxford after his return from World war I, where he served alsongside Siegfried Sassoon. Robert Graves died in 1985 in Deja, the Majorcan village he had made his home (with the exception of the Spanish civil war and the Second World War) since 1929.

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  • Series: Millennium Graves
  • Hardcover: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd. (April 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857545850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857545852
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,852,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Islands of Unwisdom--The Master at Zenith August 12, 2003
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This review concerns only the Islands of Unwisdom, yet another brilliant foray into history by the master (although I understand that the Wife of Mr. Milton is very good, too). The Islands of Unwisdom is set in the late 16th century (1595 or thereabouts) and concerns the second disasterous voyage by the Spaniards to the Islands of Solomon as recorded by the expedition's secretary and comic foil. The book has a very strong female lead who is quite complex (as are the other major characters--about 20 in all). Mr. Graves' sensibilities are so in tune with modern life, it is hard to understand how books like this sink without a trace. This book is the most damning indictment of colonialism I have ever read. It is also based on fact as recorded by the actual expedition's secretary (apparently, this document has yet to be translated in English).
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