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Mammon's Music: Literature and Economics in the Age of Milton

Blair Hoxby


The commercial revolution of the seventeenth century deeply changed English culture. This book explores what that economic transformation meant to the century's greatest poet, John Milton, and to the broader literary tradition in which he worked. The book places Milton's work—as well as the writings of contemporary reformers like the Levellers, poets like John Dryden, and political economists like Sir William Petty—within the framework of England's economic history between 1601 and 1724. It demonstrates how literary history swerved in this period, as a burgeoning economic discourse pressed aut ... More

Keywords: commercial revolution, English culture, John Milton, literary tradition, contemporary reformers, Levellers, John Dryden, political economists, economic history, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300093780
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300093780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blair Hoxby, author