Milton in America book.
Milton in America book. So why did I read this book? Because Peter Ackroyd wrote it and because Ackroyd made me look at Thomas More in a new way. He doesn’t quite do the same here, though that doesn’t seem to be the intent. The most disconcerting thing about this alternate history is the shifting perspectives but once you get use to that this novel flies.
When Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's undisputed literary masters, writes a new novel, it is a literary event
When Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's undisputed literary masters, writes a new novel, it is a literary event. In Milton in America the poet flees England for the New World, where he proceeds to establish a Puritan community and to become increasingly obsessed and repressive as years go by. Milton's madness reaches a bloody climax when a group of Roman Catholics sets up a settlement nearby. Admirers of Ackroyd's previous works will find this one intriguing; admirers of the historical Milton might well be outraged by this radical revision of the great man's life.
When Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's undisputed literary masters, writes a new novel, it is a literary event. Now, with his trademark blending of historical fact and fictive fancy, Ackroyd has placed the towering poet of Paradise Lost in the new Eden that is colonial America. John Milton, aging, blind, fleeing the restoration of English monarchy and all the vain trappings that go with it ("misrule" in his estimation), comes to New England, where he is adopted by a community of fellow puritans as their leader.
1999 The Plato Papers. 2000 The Mystery of Charles Dickens.
For the British academic, see Peter Ackroyd (Biblical scholar). From 2003 to 2005, Ackroyd wrote a six-book non-fiction series (Voyages Through Time), intended for readers as young as eight, his first work for children. The critically acclaimed series-described as "Not just sound-bite snacks for short attention spans, but unfolding feasts that leave you with a sense of wonder" by The Sunday Times is an extensive narrative of key periods in world history. 1996 Milton in America. 1999 The Plato Papers.
Peter Ackroyd's Milton in America is a rewriting of history, wondering "what if ?". .Note that reaction to this book was less than enthusiastic, and that it apparently did not sell particularly well, especially in the United States
Peter Ackroyd's Milton in America is a rewriting of history, wondering "what if ?" The premise of the novel is that in early 1660 the English poet John Milton (already blind and famous, but not yet the author of Paradise Lost or Samson Agonistes) decided that he had to flee England, fearing execution for his support of Cromwell and the Commonwealth now that Charles II was on the verge of restoring the monarchy. Note that reaction to this book was less than enthusiastic, and that it apparently did not sell particularly well, especially in the United States.
An alternate history novel in which the 17th Century English writer, John Milton, emigrates to America to escape the wrath of the royalists for his Puritan views. He is elected leader of a Puritan colony in New England and leads it in a war against a Catholic colony. A tale of religious intolerance.
Many of his conceits make it difficult to determine who is speaking and when the action is taking place. His characters, however, are very realistically drawn and Milton comes across as pompous and arrogant, yet a true believer in the faith he professes. On the other hand, Goosequill serves as Milton's guide and foil. While Milton is dour, Goosequill delights in life. Milton has an educated sense of humor, Goosequill laughs at pratfalls.
The poet John Milton was a difficult man who lived in difficult times.