We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
English poet, pamphleteer, historian and author of 'Paradise Lost'
1608 – 1674
John Milton was an English poet most famous for his epic poem in blank verse, Paradise Lost (1667). Milton was a prominent supporter of Oliver Cromwell and held public office under the Commonwealth of England. During this time, however, he steadily lost his eyesight. After the Restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, the now-blind Milton was stripped of his public title and spent the rest of his life in seclusion, where he completed his major works of poetry.
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …