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Doré's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost"

Doré's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost"

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Doré's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost"

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Mar 7, 2012


Gustave Doré's Romantic style of illustration, supremely imaginative and richly detailed, was ideally suited to literary subjects. His wood-engraved illustrations for John Milton's monumental epic poem Paradise Lost, recounting mankind's fall from the grace of God through the work of Satan, were among his finest and most dramatic works. This volume presents superb reproductions of all 50 plates drawn by Doré and engraved in his studios for the original edition of Paradise Lost.
Artists and art lovers will find in these pages supreme examples of the illustrator's art. Among the events depicted: the expulsion of Satan from heaven, Adam and Eve in Paradise, the nine-day fall of Lucifer's legions to Hell, the Creation, the temptation of Eve, the Flood, Moses holding up the Ten Commandments, and the fearsome creatures Milton referred to as "Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire."
The dreamlike, otherworldly quality Doré often brought to his work seems especially appropriate for Paradise Lost with its lofty spirit and epic events. Indeed, Doré's grand conception seems to realize perfectly Milton's own poetic version. Appropriate quotes from the text of Paradise Lost are printed alongside each illustration. A plot summary of the entire poem is also included.
Mar 7, 2012

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Paul Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832 – January 23, 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving.

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Doré's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost" - Gustave Doré


Copyright © 1993 by Dover Publications, Inc.

All rights reserved under Pan American and International Copyright Conventions.


This Dover edition, first published in 1993, reproduces all 50 plates from Milton’s Paradise Lost, illustrated by Gustave Doré, originally published by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London and New York, n.d. (ca. 1866). See the new Publisher’s Note for further bibliographical details.

DOVER Pictorial Archive SERIES

This book belongs to the Dover Pictorial Archive Series. You may use the designs and illustrations for graphics and crafts applications, free and without special permission, provided that you include no more than four in the same publication or project. (For permission for additional use, please write to Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, N.Y 11501.)

However, republication or reproduction of any illustration by any other graphic service whether it be in a book or in any other design resource is strictly prohibited.


Doré, Gustave, 1832–1883.

Doré’s illustrations for Paradise Lost.—Dover ed. p. cm.—(Dover pictorial archive series)

Reproduces all 50 plates from Milton’s ‘Paradise lost,’ illustrated by Gustave Doré, originally published by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London, New York, (ca. 1866) —T.p. verso.


1. Doré, Gustave, 1832–1883—Themes, motives. 2. Milton, John, 1608–1674. Paradise lost—Illustrations. I. Title. II. Series.

NE650.D646A4 1993




Manufactured in the United States of America

Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, N.Y. 11501

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