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Augie Holds 12-Hour Reading Marathon

November 12, 2011, 2:30 PM by Erin Mangen

Augie Holds 12-Hour Reading Marathon
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Sprawled all over couches and chairs, sipping coffee and eating donuts, students and faculty gathered together Saturday afternoon at Augustana College for a 12-hour reading marathon of "Paradise Lost" by Milton.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the entire 12 books are expected to be read. Participants, which were a variety of majors, signed up to read each of the different characters. Most of the English faculty also participated.

A new group of readers stepped in front of the microphones for each book.

Mitchell Harris, assistant professor of English, chose "Paradise Lost" as a supplement to his curriculum.

Harris hopes to make this an annual event and is contemplating reading "The Great Gatsby" for next year's marathon.

Click on the video player below to view some of the beginning of book four, when Satan gains entrance into the Garden of Eden.

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