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Banquet at Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in America
     

Banquet at Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in America

by Barry Werth
 

In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwin’s controversial ideas to post-Civil-War America. Each chapter is dedicated to a crucial intellectual encounter, culminating with an exclusive farewell dinner held in English

Overview

In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwin’s controversial ideas to post-Civil-War America. Each chapter is dedicated to a crucial intellectual encounter, culminating with an exclusive farewell dinner held in English philosopher Herbert Spencer’s honor at the venerable New York restaurant Delmonico’s in 1882. In this thought-provoking and nuanced account, Werth firmly situates social Darwinism in the context of the Gilded Age. Banquet at Delmonico’s is social history at its finest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226893846
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,128,208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Werth is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He is the author of several books, including The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal and 31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today.

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