As an object of scholarly curiosity, Paradise Lost still claims an immense amount of attention, with focus on sources, text and composition of the poem, its language and versification, its relation to the poet's life and personality, its place in the literary, intellectual and religious context of the times. This reader-friendly attempt presents Book I of the composition in its various nuances, emphasizing on the modern judgement of Milton's position in the history of Western civilization as the great exponent who amalgamated Christian Humanism and the tradition of classical reason. The book includes discourses on the theme, episodic cue, characters and the canvas of the composition, as well as various critical approaches and selective criticism by reputed modern critics. This edition seeks to trace the reason behind the fame of Paradise Lost, which has endured through many changes of thought and taste.
Avik Gangopadhyay is a teacher by profession and has already authored thirteen published books in English and Bengali on aesthetics, theories of literature, language and criticism and other subjects, receiving critical attention in India and abroad.