John Milton

John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet and intellectual, who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.

Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica (1644), written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship, is among history's most influential and impassioned defences of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. His desire for freedom extended into his style: he introduced new words (coined from Latin) to the English language, and was the first modern writer to employ non-rhymed verse outside of the theatre or translations.

William Hayley's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author", and he remains generally regarded "as one of the preeminent writers in the English language", though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death (often on account of his republicanism). Samuel Johnson praised Paradise Lost as "a poem which...with respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind", though he (a Tory and recipient of royal patronage) described Milton's politics as those of an "acrimonious and surly republican". Poets such as William Blake, William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy revered him.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 19th, 1608 (Cheapside), Died November 18th, 1674 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-16852 12-in. 12/2/1915 From the heavens now I fly Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] ; Lyric Quartet Male vocal solo and mixed quartet, with orchestra author  
Victor C-16853 12-in. 12/2/1915 Noble lord, and lady bright Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] ; Lyric Quartet Male vocal solo and mixed quartet, with orchestra author  
Victor C-17245 12-in. 3/2/1916 Sweet echo Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] ; Olive Kline Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra author  
Victor B-18137 10-in. 7/20/1916 Come and trip it as you go Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] ; Lyric Quartet Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal quartet and orchestra author  
Victor B-18138 10-in. 7/20/1916 Haste thee nymph Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] ; Lyric Quartet Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal quartet and orchestra author  
Victor C-19157 12-in. 2/7/1917 Let me wander not unseen Alice Green Female vocal solo, with orchestra author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Milton, John," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102262.

Milton, John. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102262.

"Milton, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102262

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