Paradise Reframed: Milton, Dryden, and the Politics of Literary Adaptation, 1658-1679

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In 1677, John Dryden, poet laureate to the restored Charles II, published The State of Innocence. Emphatically advertised on its title page as 'an opera, ' Dryden's book was based on Paradise Lost, John Milton's 1667 epic about the fall and eventual restoration of mankind. In the heated political climate of the 1670s, the publication of this libretto suggested the bold and cunning appropriation of an idiosyncratic text widely viewed, even then, as a mirror of its author's theological and political opposition to the ...

Paradise Reframed: Milton, Dryden, and the Politics of Literary Adaptation, 1658-1679 2016, Universitatsverlag Winter, Heidelberg

ISBN-13: 9783825366360

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