The Connell Guide to John Milton's Paradise Lost (Advanced study text guide)

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All you need to know about Milton's Paradise Lost is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.

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Caroline Moore read English at Girton College, Cambridge, and became the first female fellow of Peterhouse. She left Cambridge after the birth of her twins, and has became a book reviewer, chiefly for for The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph. She is married to the columnist Charles Moore.

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