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The Collected Letters of Erasmus Darwin

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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107412705

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  • Erasmus Darwin has often been cited as the most widely talented man of the past 250 years. He excelled in medicine and poetry, was an inventor and wide ranging man of science, and founded several societies. This 2006 collection of 460 of his letters provides an insight into the life of this amazing man. Darwin was famous throughout Britain as a physician; his medical letters to patients and private letters to his physician son Robert are a rich source for historians of medicine. His lively letters to the 'Lunar Men', Boulton, Watt, Keir and Wedgwood, provide insight into the Industrial Revolution in England. In the 1790s Darwin propounded the idea of biological evolution, although it was his grandson Charles who persuaded people to take it seriously. This unique collection reveals the variety of Erasmus Darwin's talents, and his wide range of important friendships.

    • Includes 460 letters written by Erasmus Darwin, of which over half have never been previously published
    • Contains over 100 medical letters, providing a rich source for historians of medicine
    • Contains over 100 letters to Darwin's close friend Josiah Wedgwood
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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107412705
    • length: 692 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Introduction
    1. Erasmus Darwin and his letters
    2. Editorial principles
    3. The letters and their locations
    4. The recipients
    5. Abbreviations
    6. Acknowledgements
    The letters
    Biographical index
    General index.

  • Author

    Erasmus Darwin

    Editor

    Desmond King-Hele

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