James Holly Hanford Award Recipients (Book)


This award recognizes a distinguished book on Milton. The designation “book” refers to a critical monograph, not an edition, bibliography, multiauthor collection, or reference work.


Current Recipient
Alison A. Chapman. The Legal Epic: “Paradise Lost” and the Early Modern Law (U of Chicago P, 2017)
Past Recipients

(Arrangement is alphabetical by author)

Achinstein, Sharon. Milton and the Revolutionary Reader (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1994)

Bennett, Joan S. Reviving Liberty: Radical Christian Humanism in Milton’s Great Poems (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1989)

Budick, Sanford  Kant and Milton (Harvard University Press, 2010)

Budick, Sanford. The Dividing Muse: Images of Sacred Disjunction in Milton’s Poetry (New Haven: Yale UP 1985)

Cable, Lana. Carnal Rhetoric: Milton’s Iconoclasm and the Poetics of Desire (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1995)

Campbell, Gordon, Thomas Corns, John K. Hale and Fiona Tweedie, Milton and the Manuscript of De Doctrina Christiana (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Campbell, Gordon, and Thomas N. Corns, John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Christopher, Georgia B. Milton and the Science of the Saints (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1982)

Fallon, Robert Thomas. Milton in Government (University Park: The Pennsylvania State UP, 1993)

Fallon, Stephen M. Milton among the Philosophers: Poetry and Materialism in Seventeenth-Century England (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1991)

Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost, Second Edition (London: Macmillan Press LTD, 1997)

Forsyth, Neil. The Satanic Epic (Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2003)

Frye, Roland Mushat. Milton’s Imagery and the Visual Arts: Iconographic Tradition in the Epic Poems (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1978)

Grossman, Marshall. “Authors to Themselves”: Milton and the Revelation of History (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1987)

Haskin, Dayton. Milton’s Burden of Interpretation (Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1994)

Hill, Christopher. Milton and the English Revolution (London: Faber & Faber, 1977)

Kerrigan, William. The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1983)

Kilgour, Maggie. Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Leonard, John. Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970. Volume I: Style and Genre. Volume II: Interpretative Issues. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Leonard, John. Naming in Paradise: Milton and the Language of Adam and Eve (New York:Oxford UP, 1990)

Lewalski, Barbara K. The Life of John Milton (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000)

Lewalski, Barbara K. Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1985)

Lieb, Michael. Poetics of the Holy: A Reading of Paradise Lost (Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1981)

Loewenstein, David. Milton and the Drama of History: Historical Vision, Iconoclasm, and the Literary Imagination (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1990)

Loewenstein, David. Representing Revolution in Milton and His Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2001)

Martin, Catherine Gimelli. The Ruins of Allegory: Paradise Lost and the Metamorphosis of Epic Convention (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1998)

McColley, Diane Kelsey. A Gust for Paradise: Milton’s Eden and the Visual Arts (Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, 1993)

McColley, Diane Kelsey. Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

Mohamed, Feisal. Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism, Stanford UP, 2011.

Norbrook, David. Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric, and Politics, 1627-1660 (New York: Cambridge UP, 1999)

Poole, William. Milton and the Idea of the Fall (Cambridge UP, 2005)

Quint, David. Inside “Paradise Lost”: Reading the Designs of Milton’s Epic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014).

Radzinowicz, Mary Ann. Toward Samson Agonistes: The Growth of Milton’s Mind (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1978)

Revard, Stella. Milton and the Tangles of Neaera’s Hair: The Making of the 1645 Poems (Columbia: U of Missouri Press, 1997)

Revard, Stella. The War in Heaven: Paradise Lost and the Tradition of Satan’s Rebellion (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1980)

Rogers, John. The Matter of Revolution: Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1996)

Schwartz, Louis. Milton and Maternal Mortality, (Cambridge UP, 2009)

Schwartz, Regina. Remembering and Repeating: Biblical Creation in Paradise Lost (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1988)

Shawcross, John T. John Milton: The Self and the World (Lexington: The UP of Kentucky, 1993)

Shawcross, John T. Milton: A Bibliography for the Years 1624-1700 (Binghamton, New York: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1984)

Shullenberger, William. Lady in the Labyrinth: Milton’s Comus as Initiation. (Madison, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008)

Tanner, John S. Anxiety in Eden: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost (New York: Oxford UP, 1992)

Teskey, Gordon. Delirious Milton: The Fate of the Poet in Modernity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2006)

Teskey, Gordon. The Poetry of John Milton (Harvard: Harvard UP, 2015)

Turner, James Grantham. One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)

Webber, Joan M. Milton and His Epic Tradition (Seattle: U of Washington P, 1979)

Wittreich, Joseph. Interpreting Samson Agonistes (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986)