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Famous People In Literature

John Milton (#107)

His contemporaries gave a cold shoulder to his works. Even Voltaire, the first translator of Paradise Lost, gave it a negative review. However, John Milton himself, the greatest of the seventeenth century poets used to say, “I am happy to have few readers if only they are worthy of understanding me.” [7 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Their titles include novelist, playwright, poet and essayist. But they are also known as social activist, pacifist, reformer, human rights activist and humorist. Famous People in Literature examines literary giants who left a legacy of works that remain required reading in the classroom. Their writings were often a vivid depiction of everyday life and attitudes of the era. Each program in the series explores the most historic developments, significant contributions, important benchmarks and major turning points during these incredible lives.

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