Long, long ago, before the world was, before minutes ticked and seconds tocked, before beginnings had endings, there was a war in Heaven.
In 1656 a great poet begins a new work. Because, at this stage of his life, he is completely blind, he dictates the verses to his daughter, Deborah. It is a monumental work, a magnificent epic of good and evil, a richly inventive narrative that is audacious in its scope and splendor. It is the masterpiece we know as Paradise Lost.
Now another poet, Newbery Award winner Nancy Willard, retells Milton's astonishing poem in a prose adaptation that faithfully captures his vivid imagery and cinematic flourish. Thrilling, gorgeous, suspenseful, and yes, even funny -- here is the tale of Lucifer's rebellion, the war between Heaven and Hell, the creation of the world, and the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve. Here is the tale of Paradise Lost in a beautifully illustrated edition that will introduce the glory of Milton's achievement to a new generation of readers.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.38(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.79(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Nancy Willard is the author of two novels, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water, and eleven books of poetry. Her many books for children include A Visit to William Blake's Inn, which won the Newbery Medal in 1982, as well as receiving a Caldecott Honor. Nancy is a lecturer at Vassar College and lives with her husband in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Jude Daly is the illustrator of many children's books, including Imani's Music, also published by Atheneum. She lives with her husband Niki Daly, a writer and illustrator of children's books, and their sons, Joe and Leo, in Cape Town, South Africa.