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Read "Paradise Lost" During the Milton Marathon Impact
Fairmont State News

Read "Paradise Lost" During the Milton Marathon

Oct 30, 2012

“Paradise Lost," an epic poem written by John Milton will be read at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Milton Marathon event located in the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the third floor outside of the Skylab.

“It is one of the most beautiful works in English Literature and one that grapples with questions of free will and religious faith,” said Donna J. Long, Professor of English.

This event is a 12-hour marathon reading of the epic poem that re-tells the story of the fall of man, and it was published in the 1660s. There will be copies of the poem available at the event, and anyone in attendance can participate in reading if they would like to do so. Refreshments will be served at the event throughout the day. For those in attendance while the final book is presented, there will be pizza.

“Milton’s verse is mesmerizing. The action is fraught, from Satan’s battle in heaven to his repeated attempts to gain access to Eden, including a necessary pass through Hell’s gates where Satan’s daughter and his wife hourly gives birth to hell hounds,” Long said.

For more information about this event, Long can be contacted by e-mail at

The poster designed to promote the Milton Marathon was created by Ian Williams, an English Education major and Graphics minor.

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