English Literature’s 50 Key Moments from Marlowe to JK Rowling

Interesting — if inevitably subjective — list from the Guardian.

English Literature’s 50 Key Moments from Marlowe to JK Rowling
http://somersault.posterous.com/english-literatures-50-key-moments-from-marlo

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‘Pride And Prejudice’ Turns 200

A beautifully illustrated summary.

‘Pride And Prejudice’ Turns 200
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/27/170253360/pride-and-prejudice-turns-200

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A map of The Magic Toyshop

Here’s the table of characters, events and settings we compiled today – with a column for Themes to complete.

The Magic Toyshop class map. docx

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These Character Names Should be Banned Forever

See also: Mary Sue.

These Character Names Should be Banned Forever
http://io9.com/5977781/these-character-names-should-be-banned-forever

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Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain

Good writing and poetry is better than bad writing: Science!

Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9797617/Shakespeare-and-Wordsworth-boost-the-brain-new-research-reveals.html

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Well-Versed: Five Poets With Punch

Well-Versed: Five Poets With Punch
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/03/167812525/well-versed-five-poets-with-punch

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Waste Land Voices

An anniversary for TS Eliot’s The Waste Land.

Waste Land Voices
http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Daybook/Waste-Land-Voices/ba-p/9521

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Aarne–Thompson classification

I hadn’t heard of this before — Propp rejected it. A numerical classification of folk and fairy tales — interesting for students of The Magic Toyshop…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarne-Thompson

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Angela Carter best ever winner of James Tait Black award

Not for The Magic Toyshop, but still.

Angela Carter named best ever winner of James Tait Black award
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/dec/06/angela-carter-uk-oldest-literary-prize

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Ian Hamilton Finlay

Article from the Guardian about Hamilton Finlay, who features in the Home collection of poems we study at AS. Learn about his life and his other works and interests.

Don’t be confused by ‘concrete’ here: we’ve been using it for a type of noun, but here it’s a kind of poetry which depends on its typology and layout on the page.

Ian Hamilton Finlay: the concrete poet as avant gardener
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/nov/16/ian-hamilton-finlay-concrete-poetry

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