[Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure

Stackhouse, Amy AStackhouse at iona.edu
Wed Jan 30 17:51:20 EST 2008

I, for one, am absolutely delighted that people are reading Milton for pleasure.  It is what I would like all of my students to do.  My fondest hope is that students will keep the books from my classes and go on to read them again and again for the rest of their lives because doing so gives them pleasure.

Amy D. Stackhouse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801

-----Original Message-----
From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Paul Miller
Sent: Wed 1/30/2008 5:30 PM
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Subject: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure
Sometimes I imagine the denizens of academia as regarding Milton as within 
their province alone and I can see them chewing away at his splendid 
language for years so that no flavor exudes from the words and later gumming 
the words in their dotage living in fear that someone somewhere is enjoying 
Milton. I think it was Woolf who said that reading Milton was about the only 
reading for pleasure that she ever got to do anymore. I know just what she 
meant. I read Milton for pleasure. I guess you could call me a hedonistic 
Miltonian and yes I know saying that is "hail horrors" to the puritanical 
Miltonist out there if you exist outside my imagination of course.

Paul Miller 

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