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A Tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary

In recent years, climbing Everest has become something of an industry, and today when I learned of Sir Edmund Hillary’s death at the age of 88, in his native New Zealand, I marvelled at his extraordinary accomplishment. ‘High Adventure’ is one of my favorite books – both unforgiving, and exciting.

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Milton in 2008

Four hundred years after the birth of John Milton, he still lives, his example still inspires, his words still echo. “Paradise Lost” is played on the stage, is sung to music, is choreographed for a ballet; it is an audiobook, the subject of countless theses and dissertations – and even paintings.

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