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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Traces Remain: Essays and Explorations
  • Charles Nicholl
  • English
  • 13 March 2018
  • 0713994940

Traces Remain: Essays and Explorations[BOOKS] ✮ Traces Remain: Essays and Explorations By Charles Nicholl – Essayreview.co.uk 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 In these wonderfully stylish and eclectic essays, Charles Essays and PDF/EPUB ã Nicholl pursues the fugitive traces of the past with the Traces Remain: PDF/EPUB ² skill and relish that have earned him a reputation as one of the finest literary and historical detectives of Remain: Essays and PDF/EPUB ã our time His subjects range from a murder case in Renaissance Rome to the disappearance of Jim Thompson in s 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 Essays and PDF/EPUB ã works of history, biography, literary detection, and travel His subjects Traces Remain: PDF/EPUB ² have included Christopher Marlowe, Arthur Rimbaud, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Nashe and William Shakespeare Besides his literary output, Nicholl Remain: Essays and PDF/EPUB ã has also presented documentary programs on television In he was the winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer Award for his account of an LSD trip entitled The Ups and The DownsNicholl was educated at King s College, Cambridge, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has lectured in Britain, Italy and the United States He lives in Lucchesia in Italy with his wife and children He also lectures on Martin Randall Travel tours.


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 readabout 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 Jonson and the Uses of Comedy8 The Remnants of 25 essays, most of which I found extremely interesting, very informative and well written Many of them encouraged me to readabout 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 Jonson and the Uses of Comedy8 The Remnants of a Lost Shakespeare Play9 Shakespeare s First Biographer10 Shakespeare Authorship Controversy11 Antonio Pigafetta in the New World12 The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci13 The Secrets of St Proculus statue in Rome , a reattribution14 Ippolito d Este and Lorenzo de Medici15 The Case of Beatrice Cenci16 A New Byron Portrait Man in Fur Hat 17 In Search of Sarah Walker18 Arthur Rimbaud s African House19 Jack the Ripper A new suspect 20 Arthur Cravan in Mexico21 The Gold Prospectors of El Dorado22 The Legend of Colonel Fawcett23 Alexandria Past and Present 24 The Disappearance of Jim Thompson25 CrowsI m inclined to agree with the Irish Times review of the book Some writers are so good at what they do that they can take you anywher Charles Nicholl is one of them He s a man of many parts which include being a raconteur, sleuth, commentator Fictional short stories don t generally do it for me, essays are a quite different kettle of fish, particularly CH s Warmly recommended

  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 about Dublin the 80s and the mystery of Jim Thompson s disappearance.He is interested in a great many topics all of which are well researched I want to readof him.

  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 adventurer Arthur Cravan Fabian Lloyd many of the char 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 adventurer Arthur Cravan Fabian Lloyd many of the characters in this book have multiple or uncertain names, nationalities and professions , who vanished somewhere off Mexico in 1918 but sightings of whom continued to be reported years afterwards in various parts of the world Cravan s story has been inexplicably neglected in the English speaking world at the time of writing there had still been no English language biography and only a handful of media articles and he is one of several people covered in this book that I ve come away wanting to learn and researchabout Nicholl s other great achievement is to communicate human emotion powerfully and credibly without appearing to take major liberties with the source material, which in most cases is very limited Cravan s tempestuous relationship with the poet Mina Loy, for example, and the essayist critic William Hazlitt s humiliating infatuation with his land lady s daughter are communicated in a way that is immediately recognisable, pathetic in the older sense of that word and makes these characters come affectingly alive, in some cases across multiple centuries

  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 great beauty poignancy in looking 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 great beauty poignancy in looking at the bygone through the eyes of individuals or from the viewpoints of the mundane, everyday things.This is what historical fiction tries to do mostly succeeds in it gives us a close look at people and places we are sometimes never aware even existed I obviously don t mean the sprawling novelizations of the lives of great people royalty novelists in the British tradition These sometimes futile inaccurate reimaginings are our forays into a world we didn t know but recognize as our past The why of this is quite easy we just want to know these things.This is why Charles Nicholl s books have enthralled, entertained and won a fawning, loyal fan following This collection of essays, collected published as Traces Remain, is very much in the same tradition, and though it may seem like a few of them have been just thrown in to lend some weight to the tome, a few essays here are nothing short of stunning.Travel, literature, history a fascination for the arcane and the forgotten collide in these pages, producing stories like that of Thomas Caryote, Beatrice Cenci and Jim Thompson Nicholl takes us on sometimes wild trips, give us details like that of Shakespeare s landlord s shady dealings and William Hazlitt s weaknesses They are endlessly interesting none of these essays seem like an end in themselves, they only serve to pull you into some story or the other, and you find yourself trying to figure your way through this muddle of the past.I took my time reading Traces Remain, if just to honour all the work that Nicholl must have put into to reveal all these obscurities murky happenings But sometimes just because I needed time to think about all these remains of the past, and wonder at them

  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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