Paradise Lost Is Sold

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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.

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The Robinson Crusoe Adventure Begins

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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.