Monday, November 04, 2019

Stanley Fish's six essential books

Stanley Fish is a prominent literary theorist and legal scholar whose books include How to Write a Sentence and How Milton Works. His latest book is The First: How to Think About Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump.

At The Week magazine, Fish shared a list of six essential reads, including:
Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667).

Any question anyone has ever had about anything — creation, life, death, salvation, astronomy, heroism, faith, sex, marriage, history, science — is posed and plumbed in this supreme achievement of mind. Paradise Lost reads you.
Read about another entry on the list.

Milton is on Stuart Kelly's list of five great darknesses in literature.

The Serpent (Snake from Paradise Lost)  is among Sara Brady's six talking-animal characters she’d like to have a drink with.

Satan from Paradise Lost is among the 50 greatest villains in literature according to the (London) Telegraph and appears on John Mullan's list of ten of the best devils in literature.

Paradise Lost also appears on Nicole Hill's list of seven books with Death as a character, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best snakes in literature, ten of the best pieces of fruit in literature, ten of the best visions of hell in literature, ten of the best angels in literature, ten of the best visions of heaven in literature, ten of the best walled gardens in literature, and ten of the best coups de foudre in literature. It is also on Diane Purkiss' critic's chart of the best books on the English Civil War and Peter Stanford's list of the ten best devils in literature.

The Page 69 Test for Stanley Fish's How Milton Works.

--Marshal Zeringue