Books: Poet Scanned

MILTON — Hilaire Belloc — Lippincott ($4). MILTON — Rose Macaulay — Harper ($2).

John Milton is no longer biographical news. Unlike Shakespeare's, his life has no tantalizingly mysterious blind spots. And no one, since bull-roaring Sam Johnson made his blundering attempt, has tried to debunk Milton; even the Lytton Strachey school of butterfly-breakers has let him respectfully alone. Not because Biographers Belloc and Macaulay were likely to disclose any startling Miltonic discoveries but because both are prominent professional writers, readers last week wanted to see what they had to say about...

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