A Marathon Reading of Milton's Paradise Lost
at Longwood University
Friday, 7 October 2016
Sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages
We would like to invite members of the Longwood, Farmville, and Prince Edward county
communities to join us in a marathon reading of John Milton's Paradise Lost, the greatest epic poem
written in the English language, and perhaps any language.
We also hope that the reading contributes to the conclusion to the fall presidential debate season,
and Longwood's role in hosting the vice presidential debate earlier in the week. Milton was active
in the politics of his time, and Paradise Lost is not only about humanity's moral choices, but
about its political choices as well.
Location: Look for the tent in front of the Grainger Building
Time: 8:00 a.m. until ca. 6:00 p.m.
Longwood Campus Map (.pdf)
Milton was an advocate of freedom and liberty, so readers are
welcome to come and go as their schedules permit.
Sitting in to read even 50-100 lines or so will help.
(And if a class or a large group is sitting in, please limit yourself to
100 lines so that everyone gets a chance to read.)
Don't worry if you can't pronounce a word--that's part of the fun.
If you'd prefer only to listen, feel free to pass the reading off to the next person.
Free and open to the public.
Refreshments and apples will be provided.
For more information, contact Shawn Smith, Department of English and Modern Languages.
If you have one, bring your copy of Paradise Lost; if not, extra copies will be available.