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“Paradise Lost: A Poem Written in Ten Books”: An Authoritative Text of the 1667 First Edition is the first such presentation of the first edition of this major epic of English literature. Constructed as a 10-book version, the 1667 edition is a finished piece that is architecturally and numerically balanced, significantly differing from the now-standard 1674 version that appeared in 12 books.

This edition of the 1667 text also provides the opportunity to view the second edition of 1674 from a fresh perspective. Although the 1674 edition has customarily been adopted as the basis for modern publications of the poem, the availability now of this authoritative text of the 1667 edition invites a reconsideration of Milton’s original intentions in light of the changes made evident in the revised text. Full discussions include information about the alterations made in states of the text, errors that persisted, and the rationale of the edition presented here.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. Bibliographic Terms
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. p. xvi
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  1. Paradise lost A Poem Written in Ten Books
  2. p. 1
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  1. BOOK I.
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. BOOK II.
  2. pp. 31-67
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  1. BOOK III.
  2. pp. 68-93
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  1. BOOK IV.
  2. pp. 94-129
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  1. BOOK V.
  2. pp. 130-161
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  1. BOOK VI
  2. pp. 162-193
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  1. BOOK VII.
  2. pp. 194-238
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  1. BOOK VIII
  2. pp. 239-280
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  1. BOOK IX.
  2. pp. 281-319
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  1. BOOK X
  2. pp. 320-374
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  1. Discussion of the Edited Text
  2. p. 375
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  1. Changes and Lack of Changes Made
  2. pp. 377-384
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  1. The First Edition of Paradise Lost (with comment on the second edition and the manuscript)
  2. pp. 385-391
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  1. Issues of the First Edition
  2. pp. 392-394
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  1. Textual Variants
  2. pp. 395-414
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  1. Textual Errors
  2. pp. 415-418
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  1. Added Preliminary Material, 1668–69
  2. pp. 419-439
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  1. Discussion of Added Preliminary Material
  2. pp. 440-449
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  1. Further Changes in the Second Edition, 1674
  2. pp. 450-452
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 453-456
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