This Supplement Edition: Areopagitica, Freedom of the Press has the same text as the classroom textbook (see below), with a wealth of the critical history of Areopagitica, why it is important, all about John Milton, his family, his remarkable childhood, college career, the fateful trip to Italy, his other pamphlets at the time, the turmoil in England, Cromwell's role, restrictions on the press, state of literacy, the other side of the argument, the books in Milton's library, modern critics, his later career as poet. These are organized around the questions that smart students should be asking.
ISBN 978-0-942208-38-2. 107pp.
The textbook associated with the Supplement Edition is Areopagitica, Freedom of the Press (ISBN 978-0-942208-04-7), which is available from www.createspace.com/3666194. When requesting the book for a class, be sure to have the bookstore check with Bandanna Books at email@example.com for the discount code, good for orders of 5 or more copies. Areopagitica shows off Milton's encyclopedic knowledge of almost all of Greek and Latin literature, in the single topic of censorship. With the recent invention of the printing press, this became a hot topic throughout Europe, but England in particular was open to new ideas, having de-throned the Stuarts in the Glorious Revolution. On the basis of Areopagitica, Cromwell made Milton his Latin Secretary.