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Illustration from Paradise Lost, artist: Gustave Dore. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Ted Bergfelt, MLS

Humanities Librarian

Library Liaison to the English Dept.



Gumberg Library

John Milton: His Life & Works

Author of the epic poem on Christian themes, Paradise Lost, John Milton ranks with Shakespeare and Chaucer as a giant of English literature. A scholar and man of letters, he was also a staunch supporter of freedom of speech and conscience. He served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. Though he went blind, Milton achieved fame in his own lifetime and was revered by other great English writers like John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy. The romantic poet William Blake considered Milton the greatest of English poets.

This research guide is designed to help students, undergraduate and graduate alike, in researching Milton's life and works. Many kind of materials are covered, such as:

  • Reference works, both print and electronic
  • Books, by Milton and about him and his work, from the online catalog
  • Periodical databases giving access to citations to articles, popular and scholarly (many in full-text)
  • The Early English Books Online (EEBO) database
  • Carefully selected webpages

To access the various types of materials use the tabs running across the top of this page.

If at any time in your research you need help, contact Ted Bergfelt, Library Liaison to the English Department (contact information is in the box on the left of the screen), or click on the Ask-a-Librarian link on the blue menu bar at the top of the page.

 Image: John Milton in later life. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons