Charles Darwin's The Life of Erasmus Darwin

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This book is not a narrative biography, but rather a series of illuminating insights into Erasmus Darwin's life and work, with quotations from letters and candid comments by Charles Darwin. Charles always writes well, but here he is free of the inhibitions of scientific convention, and you feel you are really meeting him in person. This account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin is the last of Charles Darwin's books to be published in full.
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Overview

This book is not a narrative biography, but rather a series of illuminating insights into Erasmus Darwin's life and work, with quotations from letters and candid comments by Charles Darwin. Charles always writes well, but here he is free of the inhibitions of scientific convention, and you feel you are really meeting him in person. This account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin is the last of Charles Darwin's books to be published in full.
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"This fascinating work should appeal to historians of science." Choice

"King-Hele has become the leading authority on Charles Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus Darwin...King-Hele illuminates both lives simultaneously." Journal of the History of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521298742
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Darwin

Desmond King-Hele, F.R.S. is a leading authority on Erasmus Darwin and has previously edited the Letters of Erasmus Darwin 0521237068

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1809
    2. Place of Birth:
      Shrewsbury, England
    1. Date of Death:
      April 19, 1882
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Theology, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, 1831

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Life of Erasmus Darwin
Synopsis 3
Map of the Midland counties 4
Preface 5
The Life of Erasmus Darwin 7
Charles Darwin's References 92
Notes on the text, by the editor 97
Appendix A. Chronology of Erasmus Darwin's life 135
Appendix B. Selective family tree 141
Appendix C. Selected books and papers 144
Appendix D. Outline of Ernst Krause's essay 148
Appendix E. Linking page numbers in the 1879 book with those in the proofs 158
Acknowledgements 160
Index 161
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