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The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

Volume 5. 1851–1855

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Part of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

  • Date Published: February 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521255912

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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 family tragedy in the death of Darwin's oldest and best loved daughter, Anne, and goes on to show how Darwin sought relief from his loss through 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 …'

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    • Date Published: February 1990
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521255912
    • length: 752 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 40 x 156 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Charles Darwin

    Editors

    Frederick Burkhardt, American Council of Learned Societies

    Sydney Smith, University of Cambridge

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