Ian Richardson Reads Satan’s First Speech

January 9, 2010

Margaret Thickstun writes

For people planning spring syllabi: YouTube has two excellent short
clips (under three minutes each) of Sir Ian Richardson reading the
Invocation to Book One and Satan’s first speech.

Go to YouTube.  Type in “Ian Richardson Paradise Lost First Part” for
the Invocation; then try “Ian Richardson Paradise Lost Book 1,” which
will get you Satan’s first speech.

I have put these to links on my syllabus.  It seems an excellent way to
help students adjust to the cadence of the language without having to go
through more complicated steps, like putting recordings on reserve, etc.


BBC Season Lifts Poetry Sales

June 26, 2009

BBC2 has produced a series of episodes focusing on poetry.  According to theBookseller.com, sales of John Milton’s Paradise Lost have increased threefold since the episode of Poetry Season aired.  In that episode, Armando Iannucci analyzed the poem.

Two Paradise Lost Movies?

May 15, 2009

Reuters wrote in late April of competing film productions of Paradise Lost.  One will be a small, independent film, while the other will be produced by Warner Brothers.

Paradise Lost Reading Marathon – Atlanta

March 3, 2009

Greg Lowe at Collins Hill High School writes:

The English Department at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia is sponsoring their 5th annual marathon reading of John Milton’s Paradise Lost on Saturday, March 7 in the media center. It will begin at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 7:30 PM.

Celebrate Milton’s 400th With a Visit to the Milton Reading Room

December 8, 2008

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article recommending a visit to Thomas Luxon’s Milton Reading Room.  The story also has a link to a recent Chronicle article on marathon readings of Paradise Lost.

Be sure to stop by the Milton Reading Room if you haven’t – it’s a great resource!

The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton

November 24, 2008

John Milton, William Kerrigan (editor), John Rumrich (editor), Stephen Fallon (editor), The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton. Modern Library, 2007.

Paradise Lost

November 24, 2008

John Milton, William Kerrigan (editor), John Rumrich (editor), Stephen Fallon(editor), Paradise Lost.  Modern Library, 2008.

Paradise Lost and other events in Cambridge

October 20, 2008

An update on events in Cambridge for the Milton 400th Anniversary
Celebrations from
Dr. Gavin Alexander.

This Thursday 23 October, members of the Faculty of English will present
a reading of the whole of Paradise Lost, in collaboration with students,
colleagues, artists, and musicians.  The reading will be broadcast live
online, and will begin at 9 am (BST).  Further details:

Sharon Achinstein’s lecture on ‘Milton: Poetry vs. Prose’ is now
available as a podcast, along with lectures by Quentin Skinner and
Christopher Hill.  The final two lecturers in the series are Geoffrey
Hill (29 October) and Christopher Ricks (26 November).  Details and
links:  http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/milton400/lectures.htm

Further information about the year’s events: