Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Milton

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton. On the occasion, The Guardian offers a Milton quiz and a video of Philip Pullman reading a small portion of Milton's most famous work, Paradise Lost.

NPR ran a segment this weekend noting some of the other Milton celebrations, including a 12-hour live reading of Paradise Lost by the faculty of Cambridge University's English department. You can listen to podcasts of that here, and Christ's College also has mounted a Milton 400 webpage with other lectures, added materials and Darkness Visible, a digital companion to Paradise Lost.

In Forbes, two Milton biographers write on the poet's financial status. And the Chronicle of Higher Ed recommends a visit to Dartmouth's Milton Reading Room, which includes annotated digital versions of many Milton works.

1 comment:

Nancy Klingener said...

I happened to have an insomnia attack this morning and whiled away the early hours listening to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, which had a nice interview with a journalist and an academic on the Milton anniversary: I think this is the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7772000/7772878.stm -- a search for John Milton on any BBC site brings up a whole bunch of other good stuff, too.