John Milton's "Paradise Lost" at the Morgan Library & Museum
For those fortunate enough to be in New York City, this would be an interesting event at the Morgan Library & Museum, October 7, 2008-January 4, 2009. Be sure to follow the link to the online exhibit, which includes a reading of page 1 of Paradise Lost:
John Milton's Paradise Lost celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton (1608–1674) with an exhibition drawn from the Morgan's collection of the English poet's work, which includes the only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost. This manuscript of the first book of Milton's epic, transcribed and corrected under the direction of the blind poet, was used to set the type for the first printing of the poem in 1667. Copies of the first and later editions of the poem, including the first edition of Milton's work printed in the United States, are also on view. The exhibition also features Albrecht Dürer's engraving The Fall of Man, William Blake's Milton: Old Age, Richard Westall's watercolor depiction of Satan, and a rarely seen miniature portrait of Milton.