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Shawcross, John T.

Works: 93 works in 374 publications in 2 languages and 17,637 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Biographies  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Portraits  Programmed instructional materials  Epic poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Translator, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PR3551, 821.4
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Most widely held works about John T Shawcross
Most widely held works by John T Shawcross
John Milton : the self and the world by John T Shawcross( )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 2,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography combines the traditional chronological narrative with a technique akin to that of fiction, "a mixture of times and a triggering of remembreances." It examines two current concerns, gender attitudes and political ideologies, ranging Milton's work against the self he exhibits
With mortal voice : the creation of Paradise lost by John T Shawcross( )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and held by 1,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More often than not, critics have looked upon Milton's great epic not as a literary work but rather as a theological tract or a display of Renaissance learning. In this book John Shawcross seeks to redress that critical imbalance by examining the poem for its literary values. In doing so he reveals the scope and depth of Milton's poetic craftsmanship in his control of such elements as structure, myth, style, and language; and he offers new approaches to reading Paradise Lost as a literary masterpiece rather than a relic of religious history.
The arms of the family : the significance of John Milton's relatives and associates by John T Shawcross( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Compelled by the desire to understand Milton as purely the product of his historical milieu, biographers have neglected the domestic and personal influences on his life and art. While many biographies have examined Milton's life in the context of the political, social, and religious attitudes in Britain during the tumultuous seventeenth century, very few facts of the poet's private life are known. The Arms of the Family amplifies author John T. Shawcross's earlier investigation of Milton's personal relationships and attitudes in his biography, John Milton: The Self and the World. Unlike any other scholar, Shawcross introduces a crucial element previously neglected by biographers: the role that family and friends played in sculpting the revered author."--Jacket
Achievements of the left hand: essays on the prose of John Milton by Michael Lieb( Book )

12 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milton: the critical heritage by John T Shawcross( Book )

15 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete poetry of John Donne by John Donne( Book )

20 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Donne, Dean of St. Paul's and founder of the metaphysical school of poets, was one of the most important poets of the 17th century. Donne is one of the few poets to be widely read in the 20th century and his influence is apparent in the works of many modern poets. His dislike of convention and romantic love, of the commonplace metaphor and sentiment, and his preference for conceit, wit, and enigmatic phrases engage and delight the reader today as much as they did earlier readers. This edition includes all Donne's poetry: the elegies, the satires, the songs and sonnets, the epigrams, and the divine poems. It also contains the elegies to Donne by his friends, among them Sir Thomas Browne, Isaak Walton, and Ben Johnson. Professor Shawcross has also included glosses, variants, and explanatory notes on points not immediately understandable to modern readers."--Back cover
The complete English poetry of John Milton (excluding his translations of Psalms 80-88) by John Milton( Book )

23 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and pictures introduce musical instruments from early times to the present--from pipes and flutes to electronic synthesizers
Milton, 1732-1801: the critical heritage by John T Shawcross( Book )

16 editions published between 1972 and 1999 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of John Milton by John Milton( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 1990 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronological arrangement of the complete works of poetry by John Milton
Myths and motifs in literature by David J Burrows( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The uncertain world of Samson Agonistes by John T Shawcross( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Milton's dramatic poem Samson Agonistes is rich with ambiguities and here Professor Shawcross proposes that they are intentional: the actual words, the dates of composition, the genre and the characters - particularly Samson and Dalila but also Manoa, Harapha, and the Chorus. Ambiguity also lies in Milton's presentation of political issues both philosophical and practical, his treatment of gender concepts, the constant questioning of the reader, and the poem's effect. Discussing all these elements, Shawcross follows with a detailed reading of the text which argues that it remains purposefully ambiguous, reflecting Milton's own recognition of the uncertainty of the content, and suggesting that Milton himself would question some of the 'solutions' that modern scholarship has offered in the last two decades."--Jacket
Language and style in Milton; a symposium in honor of the tercentenary of Paradise lost( Book )

7 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milton and the grounds of contention( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of Milton's thought : law, government, and religion by John T Shawcross( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With this pioneering book, John T. Shawcross debunks a common assumption about what we see in Milton's work: that Milton's views remained unchanged over time. Shawcross systematically analyzes this belief in light of Milton's vocation, social life, politics, and religion, and presents us with a Milton who, indeed, changes his mind." "Shawcross's presentation of a Milton whose thought does actually develop and change - albeit with an unbending belief that faith and God supervene - is an essential contribution to Milton scholarship. In addition to its relevance to Milton scholars, the text will be of interest to cultural and church historians, theologians, and students of the seventeenth century."--Jacket
Milton : a bibliography for the years 1624-1700 by John T Shawcross( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and French and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographia literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge( )

8 editions published between 1939 and 2001 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coleridge worked for many years on his Biographia Literaria (1817), containing accounts of his literary life and critical essays on philosophical and literary subjects. It is the only one of his prose works which can be said to survive to the present day and presents Coleridge's theories of the creative imagination
Rethinking Milton studies : time present and time past by John T Shawcross( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study looks at two opposite problems that face literary criticism. Scholarship of the past has frequently been iterated in the present without analyzing or corroborating interpretations or supposed "facts." Scholarship of the present may, therefore, rest on an unacceptable or erroneous basis. On the other hand, scholarship of the past has often been unknown in the present or just ignored, even though present-day criticism may be enhanced or developed or achieve greater cogency by knowledge of past critical evidence. Such matters are pursued here as they impinge in certain areas of the life and work of John Milton."--Jacket
Paradise lost : a poem written in ten books by John Milton( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vol. 2: "Essays by ten Miltonists establish the significant differences in text, context, and effect of the first edition of Paradise lost (1667) from the now standard second edition (1674), examining in particular the original text's relationship to the literary and theological world it entered in 1667 and thus offering interesting correctives to our understanding of Milton's thought"--Résumé de l'éditeur
John Milton and influence : presence in literature, history, and culture by John T Shawcross( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paradise regain'd : worthy t'have not remain'd so long unsung by John T Shawcross( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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John Milton : the self and the world
The arms of the family : the significance of John Milton's relatives and associatesMilton, 1732-1801: the critical heritageThe poems of John MiltonMyths and motifs in literatureThe uncertain world of Samson AgonistesMilton and the grounds of contentionThe development of Milton's thought : law, government, and religionBiographia literaria
Alternative Names
Shawcross, John Thomas 1924-

English (216)

French (1)