This is the first critical edition (and in some cases, the first edition ever) of the various literary and historical writings of the philosopher John Locke (1632-1704). The writings published here include poems, orations, a plan for a play, detailed instructions on how to compile a commonplace book, two sets of rules for a society meeting for general discussion, writings on the liberty of the press, and a memoir of Locke's patron, the first Earl of Shaftesbury. A General Introduction gives a detailed account of the content and circumstances of composition of these works, and a Textual Introduction provides a full description of the manuscripts and early printed editions consulted by the editors.
J. R. Milton was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and at Balliol College, Oxford. He taught at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and at King's College London, where he was Professor of the History of Philosophy until his retirement in 2014. He has published widely on the history of philosophy in the early modern period, concentrating on the life and writings of John Locke. He is General Editor of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke.