Published four years after Milton’s masterpiece, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained is much shorter and written in a simpler style than Paradise Lost, possibly as part of the author’s intention to frame the style of the book within the context of the plainness of Jesus’ teachings and demeanor. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained have influenced numerous poets and writers, including many of the Romantics, William Blake, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and T. S. Eliot.
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The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and traslator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.