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
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|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Milton, John," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102262.
Milton, John. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102262.
"Milton, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.
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