The exhibition in Alexander Library, curated by Rutgers Associate Professor of English Thomas Fulton, will focus on Milton as a historical figure, placing him in the context of the turbulent times in which he lived. In addition to a number of first editions by Milton, the exhibition will include a changing digital display of Milton’s manuscripts. The Rutgers University Libraries hold the fifth largest collection of Milton's works at a public university in the United States. The collection was developed in the mid-twentieth century by Joseph Milton French, professor of English at Rutgers from 1940 to 1960 and esteemed Milton scholar. Highlights of the collection include first editions of Milton prose works Areopagitica, Pro Populo Anglicano, his three pamphlets on divorce, and many editions of Milton’s poetry, including a copy of Paradise Lost illustrated by William Blake.
Rutgers' Alexander Library
Special Collections and University Archives Galleries
Archibald S. Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ