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English literature's 50 key moments from Marlowe to JK Rowling
What have been the hinge points in the evolution of Anglo-American literature? Here's a provisional, partisan list
Literary turning points ... Christopher Marlowe and JK Rowling. Photograph: Hulton Getty/Murdo Macleod
BBC Radio Three is currently broadcasting a fascinating series on the "50 key works" of classical music. This is a spin-off from Howard Goodall's BBC2 television series and its tie-in book, The Story of Music (Chatto), and it crystallises – for the amateur listener – the turning points in the evolution of the classical tradition in the most enthralling way. Did you, for instance, know that Procul Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale contains a harmonic line that is pure Bach? Read more...