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- DescriptionThis script of Milton's epic, Paradise Lost, restores its original dramatic form, as first intended by Milton, by excerpting the key speeches from the great theatrical scenes that are its core. The characters are essentially dramatic and their dialogues provide a linear plot clarifying the chrology and causality of events seen less sequentially in the epic version. While making the essence of the text more readily accessible and intelligible to new readers, this script invites dramatic readings by both students and professional actors. It has been used successfully for the first fully staged production of the epic. This presentation gives new force to the text and fresh insight into Milton's vivid rhetoric and psychology. It provides readers with an ideal brief introduction to the text before they confront the more complex structure of Milton's final epic version.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Hugh Richmond is a Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been since 1957. He is British, with a B.A. from Cambridge University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. His numerous essays and books include: The Christian Revolutionary: John Milton: Puritans and Libertines; Shakespeare in Performance: King Richard III: and Renaissance Landscapes. He received the U.C. Berkeley Award for Distinguished Teaching for his performance approach to the study of Renaissance Literature, which has provided material for two television documentaries distributed by Films for the Humanities: Milton By Himself and Shakespeare and the Globe.
- Author(s)Hugh M Richmond
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/08/1992
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1991
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Note1 fig.
- Weight160 g
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