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Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – May 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0199535743 ISBN-10: 0199535744 Edition: Reissue
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Stephen Orgel's most recent book is Imagining Shakespeare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), He is the author of books on Shakespeare and Ben Jonson and has edited The Tempest and The Winter's Tale for The Oxford Shakespeare. He is the general of the New Pelican Shakespeare. Among Jonathan Goldberg's many books on early modern literature and culture are Reclaiming Sodom (Routledge, 1994) and Desiring Women Writing: English Renaissance Examples (Stanford UP, 1997).
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535743
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bick Benedict on June 27, 2014
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I lost my Penguin Classics version of Paradise Lost, and I ended up getting this copy. The biggest difference between this copy and the copy I had is that the annotations/notes are at the BOTTOM of the pages, not at the END, which is extremely more preferable: when the notes are on the bottom of a page, you can quickly refer to them and do not have to look in the back of the book, keep separate bookmarks, etc.

Also, importantly, the language hasn't been tampered with too much. It's always bad when publishers decided to reword and rework classics. The publishers here have left the source material alone for the most part, modernizing only words that would greatly confuse contemporary audiences. With prose like this, it's best that it's left alone for the most part. If you manipulate it and rework it too much, you can end up changing the meaning of the prose. Some other copies are guilty of this, but I can assure you this one has the original meaning and intention of Milton's epic poem.

Another important note: the lines of each page are referenced on the top-middle part of each page, so at a glance you know what range of lines a page contains. Also, the line numbers on the sides of the text correspond to the notes at the bottom of a page. There are a few exceptions; for instance, the publishers occasionally will number a line if it's near the end or the beginning of the page, and if simultaneously there are no notes near those locations. They do this just for the convenience of the numbering. I was a little concerned that weren't in-text annotation numbers (what I mean by that is numbers, in superscript, above words in the poem corresponding to the notes they refer to at the bottom), but it's actually a lot better when a line number to the side of the page alerts you at a glance to a footnote.

I'm extremely pleased with this edition, and I recommend it to all readers, especially discriminating ones!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SailorGirl86 on February 13, 2012
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Beautifully written! Powerful and thought provoking! I understand why Paradise Lost is considered a classic. Milton's depiction of "The Fall" is absolutely extraordinary! I cried at the ending.

As for the Oxford version, the introduction and on page notes really helped. I definitely recommend this version of the text.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gatti on December 27, 2013
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Great copy of Paradise Lost. This book has been translated, reviewed, debased, criticized, praised, and misunderstood more than any other Allegory I can think of than The Bible. This is a good translation and does not have (too many) opinions in it, allowing the reader to form their own. Which was advertised and surprisingly accurate for once. Good delivery and good overall buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shion on October 15, 2014
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Item arrived in perfect condition, exactly as described, earlier than expected.

Somewhat challenging to read, especially for me, as a non-native English speaker who tends to struggle a little with texts similar to this kind. I bought this for a class and it served its purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bj on May 7, 2014
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What a classic. The introduction was wonderful and descriptive, the annotated notes are very informative and the layout is easy and enjoyable.

Worth it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SpinChin on April 4, 2015
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I have read this book several times over the years. It's one of the greats! I agree with the author that he was inspired by God because many spiritual truths are revealed in a unique way. But the story remains true to the Holy Scriptures.

Don't be put off by a few pages in the very beginning where the author establishes his classical bona fides. This was just an old practice. It will take the reader a little while to get used to the language; but after a while it will scarce be noticed.
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