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" The want* of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for... "
The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on ... - Σελίδα 158
των Samuel Johnson - 1811
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb: Miscellaneous prose, 1798-1834

Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb - 1903
...'Paradise Lost' as a task." Johnson, in his "Life of Milton," in the Lives of the Poets, says: " ' Paradise Lost ' is one of the books which the reader admires...is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure." For other remarks on Milton see page 376. Page 346, line 1. So ends "King Lear." Lamb means that the...

The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb: Miscellaneous prose, 1798-1834

Charles Lamb - 1903
...'Paradise Lost' as a task." Johnson, in his "Life of Milton," in the Lives of the Poets, says: " ' Paradise Lost ' is one of the books which the reader admires...is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure." For other remarks on Milton see page 376. / Page .346, line 1 . So ends " King Lear." Lamb means that...

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Robert Anderson - 1973 - 639 σελίδες
...performed to Milton is weakened, by his pronouncing " Paradise Lost " " an object of forced admiration ; one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to tak« up again." In his derogatory estimate of lf Lycidas," that " surely no man could have fancied...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D (1815)

Robert Anderson - 1974 - 639 σελίδες
...performed to MiUon is weakened, by his pronouncing " Paradise Lost " " an object of forced admiration ; one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to tak« up again." In his derogatory estimate of " Lycidas," that " surely no man could have fancied...

The Thread of Connection: Aspects of Fate in the Novels of Jane Austen and ...

C. C. Barfoot - 1982 - 215 σελίδες
...audience that has been invited to partake in his and their creation. Dr Johnson said that 'Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again'. Whatever the justice of this famous slight and its relevance to the true greatness of Milton's epic,10...
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Words that Taste Good

Bill Moore - 1987 - 175 σελίδες
...under him . . . (Sunk, you note, not sank.) And the great lexicographer: Paradise Lost is one of those books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. . . . SAMUEL JOHNSON Talking about little children, on...
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The Student Body: The Winter Carnival At This Maine College Had It All ...

J. S. Borthwick - 1991 - 293 σελίδες
...at the back of the room, listened with half an ear, remembering Dr. Johnson's words that "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires...up again. None ever wished it longer than it is." Even Professor Merlin-Smith seemed to be suffering from the reading, although the student's monotone...
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Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from ...

Tim Fulford - 1996 - 251 σελίδες
...aesthetic disabled conventional criticism and surpassed the interests of the common reader: 'Paradùe Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again' (p. 183). Here, allying himself with die common reader, Johnson gains critical revenge for the experience...
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Seeing Into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience

John L. Mahoney - 1998 - 364 σελίδες
...Johnson's famous (or infamous) remarks about the reader's response to Paradise Lost. He calls it a book "the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to...longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure."2 This seems a surprising conclusion, for Johnson's commentary on the poem begins with the...
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

John Sitter - 2001 - 298 σελίδες
...such as Lycidas, the Masque, and Paradise Lost ("The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again ... Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure").46 Striking at Milton's role as the great national...
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