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Wife to Mr. Milton/The Isles of Unwisdom Robert Graves

Wife to Mr. Milton/The Isles of Unwisdom

Robert Graves

Published April 28th 2003
ISBN : 9781857545852
cloth
860 pages
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The Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr. Milton (1943) is both a compelling imaginative reconstruction of the marriage between Marie Powell and Milton, and Graves defence of the creative, life-affirming qualities that Marie embodies, in contrast toMoreThe Story of Marie Powell, Wife to Mr. Milton (1943) is both a compelling imaginative reconstruction of the marriage between Marie Powell and Milton, and Graves defence of the creative, life-affirming qualities that Marie embodies, in contrast to her husbands cold intellectualism. Graves merciless portrait of the young Milton, and his vivid depiction of everyday life and historical events, form a spellbinding narrative of a relationship, but Graves also sees the misalliance in the context of the larger forces at work in a society in the throes of a dramatic struggle between competing ideologies. It is Graves sense of the universality of the novels opposing value systems that gives the novel its larger resonance. The Islands of Unwisdom (1949), Graves second Renaissance fiction, reconstructs an expedition by Spanish explorers and adventurers to the New World. Graves account of the ill-fated voyage of Alvaro de Mendana y Neya and his wife Ysabel to find the Solomon Islands, popularly believed to constitute the fabled Land of Ophir where King Solomon found his legendary wealth, is both an exciting historical adventure and an exploration of issues of culture, colonisation and the power of myth.