Welcome to the Milton Society of America

We are a warm, inclusive community of readers and scholars, bound together by our shared love of the seventeenth-century author John Milton.

Congratulations to our Honored Scholar, Prof. Elizabeth Sauer

This year’s Honored Scholar is Elizabeth Sauer of Brock University. Elizabeth Sauer is the author of three monographs: Barbarous Dissonance and Images of Voice in Milton’s Epics (McGill-Queen’s UP, 1996); ‘Paper-contestations’ and Textual Communities in England, 1640-1675 (U of Toronto P, 2005); and Milton, Toleration, Nationhood (Cambridge UP, 2014). She has edited or co-edited numerous scholarly collections and special journal issues, including Milton and the Imperial Vision, with Balachandra Rajan (Duquesne UP, 1999); Books and Readers in Early Modern England, with Jennifer Anderson (U of Pennsylvania P, 2002); Reading Early Modern Women: An Anthology of Texts in Manuscript and Print, 1550-1700, with Helen Ostovich (Routledge, 2004), winner of the SSEMW Award for Best Collaborative Work; Milton and the Climates of Reading: Essays by Balachandra Rajan (U of Toronto P, 2006), a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title; The New Milton Criticism, with Peter C. Herman (Cambridge UP, 2012); Milton in the Americas, with Angelica Duran (special issue of Milton Studies 58, 2017); Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain, with Leah Knight and Micheline White (U of Michigan P, 2018); and Emergent Nation: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1660-1714 (Cambridge UP, 2019). Milton and the Imperial Vision and Milton and Toleration were both recipients of the Irene Samuel Memorial Award. Among her numerous groundbreaking essays, “Milton’s Of True Religion, Protestant Nationhood, and the Negotiation of Liberty,” published in Milton Quarterly 40.1 (2006), was awarded the James Holly Hanford Award for distinguished essay. The Society is proud to recognize Elizabeth Sauer’s contributions to our understanding of Milton, and, more broadly, of early modern English religion, politics, and literature.

MSA Governance

Constitution and Bylaws

Society Officers

MSA Goals

The Milton Society of America aims to further Milton scholarship, not only in the U.S. but internationally, by bringing Milton scholars together at an annual dinner, by selecting outstanding scholars for honor, by publishing an annual booklet (and maintaining a website) honoring these scholars and summarizing the work of the Society, by gathering books, articles and other materials pertaining to Milton, by encouraging research in progress, and by promoting exchange of ideas in the field of Milton study (adapted from the Society’s Constitution).

Keep us in the loop!

One of the goals of the MSA is to make sure our members know about the accomplishments of other members. If you have Milton-related publications, conferences, news, or updates, please submit them using our news update form.

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About the Website

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