Marshall Grossman Awarded Milton Society Essay Award

November 13, 2014

The Hanford Prize for a distinguished essay is awarded, posthumously, to the late Marshall Grossman for “Poetry and Belief in Paradise Regained, to which is added Samson Agonistes.” The article was published in Studies in Philology, volume 110, and is based on a talk given at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Its final form for publication was prepared from the awardee’s papers by Gerard Passannante. Treating the two late poems as parts of single project, this essay demonstrates how Milton’s poetry contributed to debates about the nature and purposes of both reason and revelation.