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John Milton

Poet John Milton

Profession: Poet

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Poet and political writer, he held many views controversial at the time. Most famous for losing Paradise, and then regaining it.

Born: December 9, 1608
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: November 8, 1674 (aged 65)

Married Life

  • 1656-11-12 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock
  • 1662-02-24 English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.

Historical Events

  • 1644-11-23 "Areopagitica", a pamphlet by John Milton decrying censorship, is published
  • 1667-04-27 Blind and impoverished, English poet John Milton sells the copyright of "Paradise Lost" for £10
  • 2019-09-09 Poet John Milton's own copy of Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 has survived with his annotations according to scholar Jason Scott-Warren in Philadelphia library, could be world's most important modern literary discovery

Quotes by John Milton

  • "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."


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