I don't believe any of you have ever read PARADISE LOST, and you
don't want to. That's something that you just want to take on trust. It's
a classic, just as Professor Winchester says, and it meets his definition
of a classic -- something that everybody wants to have read and nobody
wants to read.
Note: Professor Winchester was Caleb Thomas Winchester (1847-1920), librarian of Connecticut Wesleyan University from 1869 - 1885 and Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature there from 1873 - 1920.
Illustration by Peter Newell from COSMOPOLITAN,
16" x 25" promotional poster
for a 1985 release of Bantam Twain classics.
From the Dave Thomson collection.
|Classic: a book which people praise and
- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
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