Nicolson examines Milton's work, beginning with his Minor Poems and continuing through his career.
Marjorie Nicolson—one of the foremost authorities on Milton—examines Milton’s work, beginning with
the famous Minor Poems, “L’Allegro,” “II Penseroso,” “Comus” (and “Arcades”), and “Lycides.” She explores Milton’s middle years, when he was diverted from poetry to become Latin Secretary under Oliver Cromwell. Finally, she looks at the great poems, including a book-by-book analysis of Paradise Lost and a careful reading of Milton’s poetic “closet drama,” Samson Agonistes.
Marjorie Hope Nicolson taught for many years at Columbia University. Her books include Newton Demands the Muse, Voyages to the Moon, and The Breaking of the Circle.