John Milton

1608 - 1674

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John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). Written in blank verse, Paradise Lost is widely considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written.Writing in English, Latin, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime; his celebrated Areopagitica (1644), written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship, is among history's most influential and impassioned defences of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Milton has received more than 4,799,501 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). John Milton is the 223rd most popular writer (down from 180th in 2019), the 169th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 123rd in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Writer.

John Milton is most famous for his epic poem Paradise Lost.

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Among writers, John Milton ranks 223 out of 5,755Before him are Nizami Ganjavi, Terry Pratchett, Peter Handke, Luís de Camões, Ray Bradbury, and Luigi Pirandello. After him are Peter Drucker, Johanna Spyri, Nikos Kazantzakis, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Maurice Leblanc, and Al-Masudi.

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Among people born in 1608, John Milton ranks 3Before him are Evangelista Torricelli and Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Gaston, Duke of Orléans, Tukaram, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Nicole, Duchess of Lorraine, Ivan Vyhovsky, George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, Eudoxia Streshneva, António Vieira, and Pieter Post. Among people deceased in 1674, John Milton ranks 1After him are Hyeonjong of Joseon, Philippe de Champaigne, Giacomo Carissimi, Jan Lievens, Nicolaes Tulp, Jean Chapelain, Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg, John Graunt, Hallgrímur Pétursson, Matthias Weckmann, and Leonaert Bramer.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Milton ranks 169 out of 7,765Before him are Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), Eric Clapton (1945), Terry Pratchett (1948), Charlotte Rampling (1946), Jason Statham (1967), and Howard Carter (1874). After him are Brian Johnson (1947), Bernard Montgomery (1887), Edward the Elder (871), Keith Richards (1943), Francis Crick (1916), and Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Milton ranks 22Before him are Aldous Huxley (1894), Emily Brontë (1818), Ian Fleming (1908), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), and Terry Pratchett (1948). After him are Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Anna Wintour (1949), J. K. Rowling (1965), Roald Dahl (1916), William Golding (1911), and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792).