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Empson, William. Milton’s God. London: Chatto & Windus, 1961. Print.

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One of the classics by a very great critic.

Evans, John M. Paradise Lost and the Genesis Tradition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968. Print.

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Especially good on the long tradition of interpretation of Genesis before Milton.

Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost. London: Macmillan, 1997. Print.

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One of the most influential books among US readers and students.

Lewis, C.S. A Preface to Paradise Lost. Rochester and London: Oxford University Press, 1942. Print.

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Still one of the most readable brief introductions.

Waldock, A.J.A. Paradise Lost and Its Critics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1947. Print.

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One of the classic attacks on Milton.

Patterson, Annabel, ed. John Milton. Dorchester: Longmans, 1992. Print.

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Useful set of essays.

Bradford, Richard. Paradise Lost. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1992. Print.

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Broadbent, J.B. Some Graver Subject: An Essay on Paradise Lost. London: Chatto & Windus, 1960. Print.

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Broadbent, J.B. Paradise Lost, Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972. Print.

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Burden, Dennis H. The Logical Epic. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967. Print.

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Corns, Thomas N. Regaining Paradise Lost. London: Longman, 1994. Print.

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Crump, Galbraith M. Approaches to Teaching Paradise Lost. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1986. Print.

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Danielson, Dennis R. Milton’s Good God. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Print.

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Forsyth, Neil. The Satanic Epic. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. Print.

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Freeman, James A. Milton and the Martial Muse: Paradise Lost and European Traditions of War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980. Print.

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Gardner, Helen. A Reading of Paradise Lost. Rochester and London: Oxford University Press, 1965. Print.

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Hunter, G.K. Paradise Lost. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin, 1980. Print.

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Kerrigan, William. The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983. Print.

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Leonard, John. Naming in Paradise: Milton and the Language of Adam and Eve. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990. Print.

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Lewalski, Barbara Kiefer. Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985. Print.

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Lieb, Michael. Poetics of the Holy: A Reading of Paradise Lost. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1981. Print.

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Loewenstein, David. Milton: Paradise Lost. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Print.

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MacCaffrey, Isabel G. Paradise Lost As "Myth". Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1959. Print.

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Patrides, C.A. Milton and the Christian Tradition. Rochester and London: Oxford University Press, 1966. Print.

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Patrides, C.A., ed. Approaches to Paradise Lost. London: Edward Arnold, 1968. Print.

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Peter, John. A Critique of Paradise Lost. Dorchester: Longmans, 1960. Print.

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Revard, Stella P. The War in Heaven: Paradise Lost and the Tradition of Satan’s Rebellion. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1980. Print.

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Riggs, William. The Christian Poet in Paradise Lost. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1972. Print.

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Schwarz, Regina M. Remembering and Repeating: Biblical Creation in Paradise Lost. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Print.

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Shoaf, Richard A. Milton, Poet of Duality. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985. Print.

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Steadman, John M. Epic and Tragic Structure in Paradise Lost. Chicago, IL, and London: University of Chicago Press, 1976. Print.

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Weinstein, Arnold. The Art of Presence: The Poet and Paradise Lost. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Print.

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Stocker, Margarita. Paradise Lost: An Introduction to the Variety of Criticism. London: Macmillan, 1988. Print.

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Woof, Pamela. Reading Paradise Lost. Grasmere: Wordsworth Trust, 2004. Print.

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Adams, Robert. Ikon: John Milton and the Modern Critics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1955. Print.

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Lieb, Michael, and Diana Benet, eds. Literary Milton. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1994. Print.

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Budick, Sanford. The Dividing Muse: Images of Sacred Disjunction in Milton’s Poetry. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985. Print.

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Le Comte, Edward S. A Dictionary of Puns in Milton’s English Poetry. London: Macmillan, 1981. Print.

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Corns, Thomas N. Milton?S Language. Oxford: Blackwell, 1990. Print.

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Dobranski, Stephen B. Milton, Authorship, and the Book Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Print.

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Fallon, Stephen. Milton Among the Philosophers. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991. Print.

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Forsyth, Neil.“The Myth of Adam and Eve.” Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535: Thomson Gale, 2007. Print.

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Guillory, John. Poetic Authority: Spenser, Milton, and Literary History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983. Print.

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Hollander, John. The Figure of Echo: A Mode of Allusion in Milton and After. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Print.

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Hughes, Merritt Y. A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970. Print.

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Hunter, William B. Milton’s English Poetry. Lewisburgh, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1986. Print.

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Adamson, J.H., C.A. Patrides, and William B. Hunter, eds. Bright Essence: Studies in Milton’s Theology. unknown, 1971. Print.

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Kearns, David. How to Study Milton. London: Macmillan, 1993. Print.

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Kermode, Frank, ed. The Living Milton. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960. Print.

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Kerrigan, William. The Prophetic Milton. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1974. Print.

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Loewenstein, David. Milton and the Drama of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Print.

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Martin, Catherine Gimelli, ed. Milton and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Print.

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Martz, Louis. Milton: Poet of Exile. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1986. Print.

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Martz, Louis, ed. Milton: Twentieth Century Views. unknown, 1966. Print.

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Miner, Earl. The Restoration Mode From Milton to Dryden. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1974. Print.

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Ferguson, Margaret W., and Mary Nyquist, eds. Remembering Milton. London: Methuen, 1987. Print.

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Quilligan, Maureen. Milton’s Spenser: The Politics of Reading. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982. Print.

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Radzinowicz, Mary Ann. Milton’s Epics and the Book of Psalms. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989. Print.

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Rapaport, Herman. Milton and the Postmodern. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska University Press, 1983. Print.

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Steadman, John M. Milton and the Renaissance Hero. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967. Print.

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Steadman, John M. Milton?S Biblical and Classical Imagery. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1984. Print.

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Steadman, John M. Milton’s Epic Characters. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1959. Print.

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Steadman, John M. The Hill and the Labyrinth. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984. Print.

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Tayler, Edward. Milton?s Poetry: Its Development in Time. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1979. Print.

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Tillyard, E.M.W. Milton. London: Chatto & Windus, 1930. Print.

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Tournu, Christophe, and Neil Forsyth, eds. Milton: Rights and Liberties. unknown, 2007. Print.

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Wittreich, Joseph A., ed. The Romantics on Milton. Cleveland, Ohio: The Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1970. Print.

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