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Traces Remain Essays and Explorations by Charles Nicholl
  

Traces Remain Essays and Explorations

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Traces Remain Essays and Explorations by Charles Nicholl

History leaves traces of the people - Byron, Shakespeare, Rimbaud, Leonardo - living through it, in portraits, documents and books. In Traces Remain, Charles Nicholl, the acclaimed author of The Reckoning, The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street and Leonardo da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind, transforms these glimpses through time into comic and poignant vignettes, and curious, intriguing puzzles. From a mysterious painting found in a Hereford house to the death of an alchemist, and from a new Jack the Ripper suspect to a gold hunt in El Dorado, Nicholl's twenty-five fascinating essays take in two murders, three disappearances and a missing Shakespeare play to show the marvel and tenacity of these wonderful historical traces. 'Our finest literary and historical detective ... Deliciously readable' Financial Times'Charles Nicholl confirms his role as literature's historic Holmes ... thoroughly captivating' Scotsman 'Some writers are so good at what they do that they can take you anywhere. Charles Nicholl is one of them' Irish Times

Reviews

[Nicholls is] a peerless historical sleuth. At once a biographer, an explorer and an investigator, he captures the past and its people in lightning-flashes of illumination. In Nicholl's hands, the driest document can rise from the past and shine. Let's hope for many more scintillating revelations from this magician of lost lives -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent * History leaves traces of the people - Byron, Shakespeare, Rimbaud, Leonardo - living through it, in portraits, documents and books. In Traces Remain, Charles Nicholl transforms these glimpses through time into comic and poignant vignettes, and curious, intriguing puzzles * Financial Times *


About the Author

Charles Nicholl's previous publications include The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe (winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography), Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa (Winner of the Hawthornden Prize), The Fruit Palace and The Creature in the Map.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th December 2012

Author

Charles Nicholl

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Literary essays

ISBN

9780140296822

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