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Things the King Liked to Hear

Blair Worden: Donne and Milton’s Prose

18 June 2014
Sermons of John Donne Vol. III: Sermons Preached at the Court of Charles I 
edited by David Colclough.
Oxford, 521 pp., £125, November 2013, 978 0 19 956548 1
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Complete Works of John Milton Vol. VI: Vernacular Regicide and Republican Writings 
edited by N.H. Keeble and Nicholas McDowell.
Oxford, 811 pp., £125, December 2013, 978 0 19 921805 9
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... of subject matter. Again we see the capacity of editorial policy-making to shape the reader’s experience. Milton’s political prose is one of the categories, but, as the title of N.H. Keeble and NicholasMcDowell’s volume indicates (once one has parsed it), it has been split into two by the addition of another criterion, of language. The ‘vernacular’ or English tracts are allocated to the ...

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