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Areopagitica

By: John Milton
Published By: Double9 Books
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One of the earliest written works on the idea of freedom of speech and freedom of the press is John Milton's Areopagitica. It was written as a statement of opposition against the censoring of printed literature. Milton's main contention is that while censorship may be carried out under morally righteous pretexts, it may also serve as a gateway for abuse of government authority.Milton stated that people shouldn't be subject to punishment by the state just because they published debatable content. Milton avoided discussing whether or whether legislation pertaining to press freedom is constitutional. Instead, he made an effort to demonstrate how press and censorship regulations may be misused. His arguments were logical rather than legalistic in nature.Sir Thomas Milton criticized the Licensing Order of 1643 in 1643. He claimed that it was problematic to require book licenses before they were widely circulated. After their first work was licensed, it forbade writers from ever altering or extending it. It prevented the dissemination of fresh and original thoughts or viewpoints on a subject. Books that should have been censored were released despite some erroneous censoring.The Licensing Order may have resulted in the prohibition of many religious texts. Censorship, according to Milton, is incompatible with nationalism and patriotism.

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John Milton

John Milton was a 17th century writer, journalist and poet born on 9 December 1608 in London, England. His parents were John Milton, Sr. and Sarah Jeffery, who lived in a affluent neighbourhood of merchants. He was educated at St. Paul's School, proceeded by the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, Milton was affectionate with Edward King, for whom he later wrote Lycidas. He understood at least 10 languages, and was exceedingly well-read in literature, history, theology, philosophy and natural sciences. Milton became very busy in politics, and often wrote political pamphlets along with his other writings. One of his first major works, Comus, a Masque, was written in 1932. In 1942, the Civil War began and its effects impressed Milton directly. He married Mary Powell, daughter of a Royalist family from Oxford. While Milton's impression as a prose writer was great, of equal or greater importance is his poetry. He spent his life clashing with ideas of personal, political and religious freedom in the conditions of different forms of governance by the Church and state. Milton is well-known for Paradise Lost, widely regarded as the greatest epic poem in English. Milton died of kidney failure on 8 November 1674.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 45 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9356569827
  • ISBN-13: 9789356569829
  • Item Weight: 54g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 3.01 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Law / Civil Rights, Law / Constitutional