The Times Does Literature

We have often laughed at the New York Times’ ignorance of such subjects as history and arithmetic as well as its persistent leftist bias. In a lighter vein, this morning’s Corrections section casts doubt on the Times’ presumed eminence in the book review department:
“The Books of The Times review in Weekend on Friday about a new translation of ‘Don Quixote’ misstated Samuel Johnson’s opinion of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’ Johnson said that ‘no man ever wished it longer,’ not shorter.”
The Times reviewer’s error is, I’m afraid, conclusive proof that he’s never read either Johnson or Milton. For 200 years, college freshmen everywhere have echoed Johnson’s relief on turning the last page of “Paradise Lost.”


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