The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 5: 1851-1855

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 5: 1851-1855

by Charles Darwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521255910

ISBN-13: 9780521255912

Pub. Date: 11/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The correspondence in this volume reveals the two sides of Darwin's life in a new intensity. It opens with a tragedy, the death of Darwin's oldest and best loved daughter, Anne, and goes on to show how Darwin sought relief from his loss through his work, with a single-minded but increasingly weary commitment to the completion of his cirripede monographs. In September…  See more details below

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The correspondence in this volume reveals the two sides of Darwin's life in a new intensity. It opens with a tragedy, the death of Darwin's oldest and best loved daughter, Anne, and goes on to show how Darwin sought relief from his loss through his work, with a single-minded but increasingly weary commitment to the completion of his cirripede monographs. In September 1854, as soon as the final proofs of the last barnacle volume had been returned to the printer, Darwin threw himself into a resumption of his species work. He followed up old ideas by initiating new experiments and establishing a worldwide correspondence that encompassed geographical distribution, variation, and plant and animal breeding. The wealth of letters through 1855 makes evident the frenzy of intellectual activity that followed Darwin's terse announcement in his diary: "Sept. 9th (1854) began sorting notes for Species Theory..." These letters are indispensable for the Darwin scholar both historically and biologically, while they provide the general reader with a fascinating look at the scientist at work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521255912
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Series:
Correspondence of Charles Darwin Series, #5
Pages:
752
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of letters; Introduction; Acknowledgments; Note on editorial policy; List of provenances; Darwin/Wedgwood genealogy; Abbreviations and symbols; Part I. The Correspondence, 1851-55: Appendices; Manuscript alterations and comments; Bibliography; Biographical register and index to correspondents; Index.

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