5/5 Suzanne Aspden on Handel's uncanny ability to absorb musical and cultural influences. (R)
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4/5 Derek Alsop explores ways in which Handel related his music to the texts he was setting. (R)
3/5 Donald Burrows asks what Handel's manuscripts tell us about his working practices. (R)
2/5 Ellen T Harris explores some of Handel's relationships - social and professional. (R)
1/5 Jonathan Keates focuses on Handel's early years spent in Italy. (R)
5/5 Kim Newman discusses Poe, the man and his alter-ego, looking at his story William Wilson.
4/5 Mark Lawson on the influence of The Murders in the Rue Morgue on modern crime fiction. (R)
3/5 Louise Welsh exposes and dissects Edgar Allan Poe's gothic heart.
2/5 Joanne Harris discusses the women in Poe's life and the influence they had on his stories. (R)
1/5 Andrew Taylor explores Poe's childhood in England and the inspiration behind his own novel (R)
5/5 Simon Blackburn assesses David Hume's revolutionary Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
4/5 Simon Blackburn on Hume's originality of thought and influence on thinkers such as Darwin.
3/5 Vince Cable MP wonders what Adam Smith would make of today's global financial crisis.
2/5 James Buchan looks back at the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment.