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'St. Olaf Wrestles With Milton's Angel, and Prevails'

By David Gonnerman '90
November 17, 2008

St. Olaf Professor of English Richard DuRocher recently hosted a Milton Marathon in honor of the 400th anniversary of John Milton's birth. The event featured an oral reading of Milton's epic, Paradise Lost. "Whenever you encounter a word you don't know, that's a word to pronounce with special certainty," DuRocher told the assembled Milton aficionados roughly halfway through the marathon reading. "It's probably best to mispronounce demonic names anyway." 

Read what Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jennifer Howard wrote after experiencing the 12-hour event firsthand.


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