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 to be 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 4,352,065 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). John Milton is the 180th most popular writer (up from 192nd in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 131st in 2019) and the 19th most popular British Writer.

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

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Among writers, John Milton ranks 180 out of 5,794Before him are François-René de Chateaubriand, Dale Carnegie, Constantine VII, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Terence, and Naguib Mahfouz. After him are Ahmad ibn Hanbal, John the Evangelist, Diogenes Laërtius, Khalil Gibran, Georges Simenon, and Mansur Al-Hallaj.

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Among people born in 1608, John Milton ranks 2Before him is Evangelista Torricelli. After him are Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, Gaston, Duke of Orléans, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Tukaram, Nicole, Duchess of Lorraine, Ivan Vyhovsky, António Vieira, Eudoxia Streshneva, George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, 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, John Graunt, Jean Chapelain, Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg, Leonaert Bramer, Hallgrímur Pétursson, and Matthias Weckmann.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Milton ranks 123 out of 6,924Before him are Charles I of England (1600), Henry Purcell (1659), Lady Godiva (990), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), Jane Seymour (1508), and Robert Owen (1771). After him are John, King of England (1166), Saint Patrick (385), Liam Neeson (1952), Æthelstan (895), Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800), and Elizabeth of York (1466).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Milton ranks 19Before him are Walter Scott (1771), William Blake (1757), Charlotte Brontë (1816), Aldous Huxley (1894), H. G. Wells (1866), and Geoffrey Chaucer (1343). After him are Arthur C. Clarke (1917), Roald Dahl (1916), C. S. Lewis (1898), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), William Golding (1911), and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792).