Satan Reviewed

On 3/9/13 Beverley Sherry (University of Sydney) participated in a radio program on Satan. Other speakers included the High Priest, Church of Satan in New York; a Christian commentator; and an academic from the University of Melbourne. A separate interview with Beverley, speaking on Satan in Paradise Lost, has been added to the internet as an “Extra audio”.

Readings from Paradise Lost by Anton Lesser are incorporated into the main program and Beverley’s own readings are part of her separate interview. She covers a range of questions, from Milton in the seventeenth century to the longer legacy of Milton’s Satan and his relevance in modern culture.

[Posted on old site: Wed, 03/20/2013 - 12:05pm]

Approaches to Teaching Milton's Paradise Lost

Approaches to Teaching Milton's Paradise Lost, Second Edition.
Editor: Peter C. Herman. Modern Languages Association, Pages: xii & 232 pp. Published: 2012

"This is an exemplary anthology of essays, all of them anchored in pedagogical concerns."
Joseph Wittreich

This second edition of Approaches to Teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost addresses Milton in the light of the digital age, new critical approaches to his poem, and his continued presence in contemporary culture. It aims to help instructors enliven the teaching of Paradise Lost and address the challenges presented to students by the poem—the early modern syntax and vocabulary, the political and theological contexts, and the abounding classical references.

Milton's "Paradise Lost" as Opera

Krzysztof Penderecki composed an opera called Paradise Lost in two acts (divided into 42 scenes), with an English libretto by Christopher Fry, based on Milton’s epic. Penderecki called it a sacra rappresentazione, written on commission for the 1976 USA Bicentennial. The first performance was on 11/29/1978, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The same production was given at La Scala, Milan in 1979. Other productions were mounted in Stuttgart in April 1979 (touring to Munich and elsewhere); another in 2001 in Münster; and another in Breslau by Opera Wroclawska for the season 2009-10. For full details and illustrations see P. G. Stanwood, 'Paradise Lost, Epic and Opera', Early Modern Literary Studies 15.3 (2011). For a recorded performance of Act I Part 1 (51 minutes) see YouTube. The three further segments are also on YouTube.

Staged Reading of "Paradise Lost" (Newbury Library, 2010)

At the Newberry Library, Chicago, a Staged Reading of John Milton’s "Paradise Lost" was held on Saturday, May 22, 2010: adapted by Regina M. Schwartz, Northwestern University, and performed by The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by Jeff Christian, Consulting Director: Chuck Smith of The Goodman Theatre. For details see third page, after Home, above.

[Posted on old site: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 1:12pm]

Milton's Birthday: a Reading of Paradise Lost

On 11/27/08 Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, hosted "A life beyond life" - readings from “Paradise Lost” to celebrate Milton's birth, designed by Dr Beverley Sherry, produced by Dr Helen Hewson, and recorded by the University of Sydney Media Office on 12/3/08. (See details and script in “Text Annotations” below)

This performance of "Paradise Lost," recorded by the University of Sydney, is now available in this site's audio section (see the home page).

[Posted on old site: Mon, 04/02/2012 - 3:22pm]

Site Additions: Bibliography & Videos

Milton Revealed has just added a page devoted to "Milton and Theatricality" drafted by Brendan M. Prawdzik. He welcomes comment and suggested additions at Brendan will take up an appointment as Assistant Professor in 17th C. English literature at Christian Brothers University, Memphis TN, in Fall 2012, having taught at the University of California Berkeley, where he completed his dissertation on Milton on Stage: Drama, Sin, and the Holy Script. He has held fellowships at St. Andrews University and U.C. Berkeley. After several other recent additions our site also seeks general comment and suggestions about these additions and possible further development. These may be sent to its director, Hugh Richmond, at

[Posted on old site: Thu, 03/29/2012 - 8:26pm]

Legendary Pictures Abandons its "Paradise Lost" Production

Legendary Pictures has abandoned its film of "Paradise Lost" according to Brent Lang in The Wrap (February 09, 2012). The movie was first delayed by Legendary seeking to trim the budget, but special effects such as bringing the battle between heaven and hell to life involved technology that made any cuts impossible. Stars like Bradley Cooper, Casey Affleck and Benjamin Walker were not enough to save the project.

[Posted on old site: Thu, 02/09/2012 - 9:47pm]

Paradise Lost at the Movies

Various sources suggest possibilities for forthcoming movies of Milton's Paradise Lost. On 9/16/10 Variety mentioned a director for a film of Paradise Lost and on 5/4/11 it said Bradley Cooper might be cast as Satan. While this major project (one hundred million dollars budget?) remains in pre-production, there are notices of another independently-produced film of Milton's epic (up to thirty-five million dollars?). It has been suggested that the first project will be distributed by Warner Brothers , with Alex Proyas as director. The smaller project is attributed to Granite Entertainment and STV Networks. No exact release dates are given but the films might be available in a year or two.

Milton Revealed

Recently faculty at the English Department at U.C. Berkeley initiated a site devoted to heightening modern awareness of Milton's relevance and currency by using audio-visual approaches already successfully used with another UCB site at The new Milton site is entitled "Milton Revealed" and is to be found at The site is now in a very preliminary state but will include many Milton-related images, as well as videos already prepared by the English Department, including a documentary called "Milton By Himself" and recordings of performances of "Comus" and "Paradise Lost." A relevant bibliography will be prepared in due course as well as new essays about the materials. At present we are simply establishing a core group of those interested (and learning to operate the site!) before developing a long-term program.