Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Edinboro, Erie County
An expert in theatre and local history, John Leslie Marsh taught at Edinboro University.
John Marsh was born in 1927. After taking degrees at Syracuse and Pittsburgh, Marsh was a professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for many years. During that time he wrote numerous works on the Edinboro area and northwestern Pennsylvania. In 1993, he retired and moved to San Diego with his wife. He died on March 26, 2009, at the age of 81.
John Marsh was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on November 3, 1927. He was the son of Jack L. Marsh and Dorothy Marsh. On July 21, 1960, Marsh married Charlotte Marie Anderson, a research associate, with whom he had one child, Arthur Andrew.
Marsh earned his BA in 1950 at Syracuse University. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his MA in 1953 and PhD in 1959.
Marsh spent time in the United States Army Reserves as a colonel from 1950 to 1980. Additionally, he was a member of the American Studies Association, Company of Military Historians, Popular Culture Association, American Society for Theatre Research, Theatre Historical Society, and League of Historic Theatres. During his time in Edinboro, Marsh became a historian of the area, writing five books and numerous pamphlets on various dimensions of local history.
He retired from his position as an associate professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and moved with his wife to San Diego, California. There, on March 26, 2009, he passed away due to natural causes.
American Literature: A Televised Approach. W.C. Brown, 1968.
A Student's Bibliography of American Literature. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1971.
The Grandin Opera House; or, Theatre on the Kerosene Circuit, 1872-1904. Northwestern Pennsylvania Historical Study, No. 4. Warren, PA: Warren County Historical Society, 1973.
Of Prescriptions and Playbills: From the Diaries of Michael V. Ball, M.D., 1884-1886. Northwestern Pennsylvania Historical Study, No. 3. Warren, PA: Warren County Historical Society, 1973.
Edinboro:A Dirt Street Town. Edinboro, PA: Rotary Club of Edinboro, 1976.
The Presbytery of Lake Erie: A Panorama. Edinboro, PA: Presbytery of Lake Erie, 1978.
Urban and Rural Values in Literature and History: A Background Paper. Harrisburg, PA: State Library of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Edinboro: The Journey's End. Edinboro, PA: Giant Eagle Press, 1989.
“John L(eslie) Marsh.” The Gale Literary Database: Contemporary Authors Online. 6 December 2000. 4 March 2001.