Work of the Fellows: Monographs;

Is Milton Better Than Shakespeare?

Smith, Nigel (Fellow, 2007-08)

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

With literature waning in the interest of so many, is Shakespeare the only poet the public can still appreciate? John Milton, as this book makes clear, speaks more powerfully to the eternal questions and to the important concerns of our time. The Milton of this volume is an author for all Americans—conservative, liberal, radical—not only because he was a favorite of the founding fathers, his voice echoing through their texts and our very foundation, but also because his visionary writing embodies the aspirations that have guided Americans seeking ideals of ethical and spiritual perfection.


Subjects: Literature; Literary Criticism;; English Literature; Poetry; British Literature;