[Milton-L] soliciting of reviews
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Fri Dec 12 13:48:54 EST 2008
Some 50 years ago in coffee-shop chatter (Haven Hall at Michigan) G. B.
Harrison remarked that wheile he kept up with the bibliogoraphy he had
given up on reading much current Chakespeare criticism. There was just
too much of it. The situation is not much better now. (I've always seen
the Temptation of Athens in secular terms: Like Pope in the Dunciad,
esp. M Scriblerus on the Poem, Milton could extrapolate from the
explosion of printing in the 17th century to a time when it would be
necessary to weed out not just bad books but well over half of the good
books. Too many books, so many that there might as well be none. Unless
the avalanche is slowed down, even reversed, the sheer mass of books
worth reading will drwon the nation's intellect.
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