Books: Immortal Garland

"I cannot praise a fugitive and cloister'd Vertue, unexercis'd and unbreath'd, that never sallies out and seeks her adversary; but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat."

This 300-year-old sentence from Areo-pagitica—"A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England," was very much alive last fortnight in London. In London's Institut Français, members of the International P.E.N. Club met to celebrate Areopagitica's tercentenary with a conference on: 'The Place of Spiritual and...

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