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Charles Darwin's 'The Life of Erasmus Darwin'

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511007262

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  • Charles Darwin's book about his grandfather, The Life of Erasmus Darwin, is curiously fascinating. Before publication in 1879, it was shortened by 16%, with several of the cuts directed at its most provocative parts. The cutter, with Charles's permission, was his daughter Henrietta - an example of the strong hidden hand of meek-seeming Victorian women. Originally published in 2003, this first unabridged edition, edited by Desmond King-Hele, includes all that Charles originally intended, the cuts being restored and printed in italics. Erasmus Darwin was one of the leading intellectuals of the eighteenth century. He was a respected physician, a well-known poet, a keen mechanical inventor, and a founding member of the influential Lunar Society. He also possessed an amazing insight into the many branches of physical and biological science. Most notably, he adopted what we now call biological evolution as his theory of life, 65 years prior to Charles Darwin's Origin of Species.

    • Published in the bicentenary of Erasmus Darwin's death
    • Was the first unabridged publication of a book by Charles Darwin
    • Much easier to read than Charles Darwin's scientific books, as he is not constrained by scientific convention
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    Review of the hardback: '… a marvellous insight into Darwin's judgement of his grandfather, and a unique look at his original text.' Endeavour

    Review of the hardback: 'This scholarly work has two sets of footnotes, Charles's original references and then a more detailed set by the author. We must be greatly indebted to King-Hele for spending the time and care in producing this very important slim volume. This is a book that will be used many times by scholars who are intrigued with eighteenth-century development and its preoccupation with science and its potentials.' Open History

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511007262
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Synopsis
    Charles Darwin's preface
    The Life of Erasmus Darwin by Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin's references
    Notes on the text.

  • Author

    Charles Darwin

    Editor

    Desmond King-Hele

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