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Francis Blessington

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Professor of English

Francis Blessington’s major area is Milton and seventeenth-century English literature. He has written two books on Milton that have become standard: Paradise Lost and the Classical Epic (Routledge) and Paradise Lost: Ideal and Tragic Epic (A Student’s Companion to the Poem) (Twayne). Currently, he is writing a book on Milton’s use of witchcraft in Paradise Lost. He also teaches Greek and Roman literature and the Bible, emphasizing their relevance to the modern world. Also a poet and fiction writer, Professor Blessington teaches courses in creative writing.

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  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award (2011)
  • Outstanding Professor Award (Spring 2010, Sigma Delta Tau)
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award (2004)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award in Arts and Humanities (1998, Northeastern University Alumni Association)
  • Poems from Underground (Deerbrook Press, 2017)
  • Euripides: Hecuba, Helen, and Trojan Women: Three Plays About Women and the Trojan War (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015) (verse translations with commentary)
  • The Last Witch of Dogtown (novel)
  • Paradise Lost and the Classical Epic
  • Paradise Lost: Ideal and Tragic Epic
  • Euripides: The Bacchae and Aristophanes: The Frogs (verse translations)
  • Lantskip (poems)
  • Lorenzo de’Medici (play)
  • Wolf Howl (poems)

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  • Introduces students to the ancient and classical literatures of Greece, Rome, and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as other premodern literatures in translation.