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Traces Remain: Essays and Explorations In These Wonderfully Stylish And Eclectic Essays, Charles Nicholl Pursues The Fugitive Traces Of The Past With The Skill And Relish That Have Earned Him A Reputation As One Of The Finest Literary And Historical Detectives Of Our Time His Subjects Range From A Murder Case In Renaissance Rome To The Disappearance Of Jim Thompson In 1960s Malaya, From The Boyhood Of Christopher Marlowe To The Crimes Of Jack The Ripper, From The Remnants Of A Lost Shakespeare Play To The Last Days Of The Poet Boxer Arthur Cravan In A Mexican Fishing Port Full Of Insights, Curiosities And Unexpected Discoveries, These Thirty Pieces Written Over Two Decades Show The Author Of The Lodger And Leonardo Da Vinci At His Inquisitive Best.


About the Author: Charles Nicholl

Charles Nicholl is an English author specializing in works of history, biography, literary detection, and travel His subjects have included Christopher Marlowe, Arthur Rimbaud, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Nashe and William Shakespeare Besides his literary output, Nicholl has also presented documentary programs on television In 1974 he was the winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer Award for his



10 thoughts on “Traces Remain: Essays and Explorations

  1. says:

    25 essays, most of which I found extremely interesting, very informative and well written Many of them encouraged me to read about the subjects of the essays.Essays as follows 1 Thomas Coryate s last journeyings2 Mr Mountjoy at the Magistrate s Court in connection with a Naughty House 3 A Celebration of John Aubrey4 Edward Kelley alchemist in Bohemia5 English Portraiture in the Sixteenth Century6 Christopher Marlowe s Boyhood7 Ben J


  2. says:

    Charles Nicholl is a very worthy writer I think I would read any topic he chooses He is familiar with playwrights of the 16th and 17th century, of a tale of an Abruzzo girl who is remembered centuries later with a history that has perhaps no truth in it He also writes a...


  3. says:

    The very best type of popular history entertainingly and provocatively written but also balanced and grounded in serious research Nicholl provides compelling new angles on household names such as Shakespeare and Leonardo da Vinci and familiar stories such as Jack the Ripper whilst also shining a light on some fascinating characters who have disappeared into historical obscurity A particular standout for me was the French Swiss boxer poet adventure


  4. says:

    History, as is told and read these days, often focusses on the grand scheme of things, the all encompassing narrative it is told in timeframes of eras, ages epochs, with whole decades thrown into a generalization like the Hippies, or the French revolution.I have read tried to understand history this way, as it was taught to me in broad sweeps, and though there may be some merit in looking at an entire age through a lens of this sort, there is sometimes g


  5. says:

    excellent non fiction book that walks you through the arcana of some famous and less famous characters of yore The chapter about the Shakespeare controversy telescoping out of the argument as to whether he was real, to look at the argument itself was particularly good.


  6. says:

    Well written, short essays that offer a slice of life viewing into history Euro centric, but that is to be expected and the book makes it clear that it is framed this way Debunks some popular narratives in history, but never crosses the line into contrarianism.


  7. says:

    An enjoyable mixed bag of historical essays.


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