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Title: Pamphlet Wars
Author(s): Keeble, Neil
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Editor(s): Dobranski, Stephen
Citation: Keeble N (2010) Pamphlet Wars. In: Dobranski Stephen (ed.). Milton in Context, New York: Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: Milton, John
Prose tracts
Literary censorship
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Abstract: First paragraph: The Milton who, heir of Moses, Homer and Virgil (CPW, 1: 812), invoked a time of oral culture and manuscript circulation, aspired to timelessness: ‘with his garland and singing robes about him’, he sought ‘an immortality of fame’ by leaving ‘something so written to aftertimes, as they should not willingly let it die’ (CPW, 1: 327, 808, 810). This same Milton was, however, also the most topically immediate of authors, addressing himself not to posterity but to his contemporaries. By utilising press technology to take up current issues of public concern through the prompt publication of pamphlets and controversial tracts, this most traditional of authors was yet among the most innovative of early modern writers, becoming the first master of print culture in English literary history.
Rights: 'Pamphlet Wars' in Milton in Context published by Cambridge University Press, 2010, © Cambridge University Press 2010,

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