Laura Marsh

Inside the Ring
Is the circus art?
February 25, 2013

The difference between the stage and the big top.

One Whale Too Many: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Arctic Adventure
October 18, 2012

Now published for the first time, Conan Doyle's Arctic adventures offer a pre-Holmes glimpse of the writer.

The Myth of the Londoner
September 03, 2012

A sentimental attachment to the idea of “the Londoner” gets the better of these historians.

Tailey, Twirley, Loopey
May 09, 2012

Henry Hitchings’s new book points out all of the ideological pitfalls of debating language use, and he takes pains to avoid falling into them himself.

All About Eve
August 09, 2011

Ernest Beckett’s complicated, nebulous family promises more than a colorful cast of personalities. Ernest's family invites the author, Michael Holroyd

Animality
May 11, 2011

The animals in Paul Muldoon’s poems do not tell us how we should act, but they do allow us to “glimpse the possibility of what we might become.” His n

Drugs and Words
February 15, 2011

Robert Morrison’s biography somewhat daringly takes its title from De Quincey’s most famous work, Confessions of an English Opium Eater. While he draw

Tongues Twisted
November 17, 2010

Before Nicholas Ostler’s own ideology—entailing a fanciful technological determinism—takes hold of his argument, The Last Lingua Franca is wide-rangin