A Marathon Reading of Milton's Paradise Lost
at Longwood University
Friday, 5 October 2018

Spend the day with Satan!

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.

Location: Look for the tent in front of the Grainger Building
Time: 8:00 a.m. until ca. 7:00 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 Dr. Shawn Smith, Department of English and Modern Languages (smithsb@longwood.edu).

If you have one, bring your copy of Paradise Lost; if not, extra copies will be available to borrow.

Paradise Lost Marathon Guidelines

In order to help us read Milton’s Paradise Lost in ten hours, please observe the following rules:


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