[Milton-L] censorship and pl

Gregory Machacek Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu
Wed Nov 30 14:01:41 EST 2005

Rose Williams says:

Surely Paradise Lost must have been censored
sometime, somewhere? If we could show such a fact to our students, they
would probably be encouraged to read it.

Paradise Lost was (maybe still is) on the Catholic Church's Index of
Prohibited Books.  When my own undergraduate Milton teacher, a Benedictine
monk, wanted to study Milton in graduate school, he had to get special
permission from at least his bishop, and perhaps from the Vatican itself.

Greg Machacek
Associate Professor of English
Marist College

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