Retired Teacher Memorizes 'Paradise Lost'
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
It can be hard going, just reading�Paradise Lost, but one retired theater teacher in Connecticut has managed the astonishing feat of memorizing it. John Basinger can recite Milton's entire epic poem - all 12 books, by heart. It takes 24 hours from first to last words. Researchers in the journal Memory report that Basinger took up the challenge in 1993 as he turned 60, memorizing an hour a day at the gym.
It's MORNING EDITION.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.