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Milton in America (1996)
by Peter Ackroyd (Author)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385477082, Hardcover)The poet John Milton was a difficult man who lived in difficult times. A republican at the time of the restoration of Charles II to the throne, the blind Milton found himself summarily bounced from his job, tossed into prison, and threatened with execution before he was eventually released. Despite his troubles, or perhaps because of them, it was in this tumultuous time that Milton created his enduring masterpiece Paradise Lost. But what if he hadn't? What if, instead of pouring his creative energies into poetry, Milton had followed a different path, say, to America? This is the premise of Peter Akroyd's novel, Milton in America.
In Milton in America the poet flees England for the New World, where he proceeds to establish a Puritan community and to become increasingly obsessed and repressive as years go by. Milton's madness reaches a bloody climax when a group of Roman Catholics sets up a settlement nearby. Admirers of Ackroyd's previous works will find this one intriguing; admirers of the historical Milton might well be outraged by this radical revision of the great man's life.
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An alternate history novel in which the 17th Century English writer, John Milton, emigrates to America to escape the wrath of the royalists for his Puritan views. He is elected leader of a Puritan colony in New England and leads it in a war against a Catholic colony. A tale of religious intolerance.
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