Paradise Lost Is Sold


April 27, 1667 – Blind and impoverished poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for a mere 10 pounds.  Once printed, the poem was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of the English language.


The Robinson Crusoe Adventure Begins


April 25, 1719 – Daniel Defoe’s fictional work The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is published. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of shipwreck victims and of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.