[Milton-L] Milton Mentioned . . .

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 18:38:31 EDT 2014

Wyatt Mason interviews Marilynne Robinson and reports back in "The
Revelations of Marilynne Robinson" (*NYT*, October 1, 2014), in which there
is a brief allusion to Milton:

The drama of how a human mind can become an inhospitable home to its owner
is old and well documented. “The mind is its own place,” Milton gives Satan
to say in “Paradise Lost,” “and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell
of heaven.” But in Robinson’s new novel, that drama is renewed, Robinson
managing her most daring, as she would put it, testimony. If, in “Gilead,”
Lila is mentioned by name only once by her reverend husband, the
77-year-old John Ames, in “Lila,” we now hear from the woman herself.

This seems to be Mason's musing, but he applies it to Robinson's writing in
her recent novel, *Lila*.

Jeffery Hodges

Ewha Womans University
Seoul, South Korea

Novella: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E18KW0K (*The Bottomless Bottle of

 (*The Bottomless Bottle of Beer*)

Blog: http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ (*Gypsy Scholar*)

Doctoral Thesis: "Food as Synecdoche in the Gospel of John and Gnostic

Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley
M.A., History of Science, U.C. Berkeley
B.A., English Language and Literature, Baylor University

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