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The Life and Letters of Hugh Miller

The Life and Letters of Hugh Miller
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108072397

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  • This biography, edited by the writer and critic Peter Bayne (1830–1896), was published in 1844. Miller (1802–1856), a Scottish geologist, palaeontologist and evangelical Christian, is best known for his geological arguments for the existence of God. Miller sought to demonstrate the accuracy of the biblical creation story by demonstrating that the seven days of creation correspond to seven geological periods. Volume 1 covers Miller's early life, family, education and apprenticeship as a stonemason, and includes a selection of letters. Volume 2 covers Miller's developing intellectual life, his publications, and his tragic death. The work is a key source for the life and thought of this fascinating nineteenth-century man whose life was marked by a passionate commitment to both science and religion and the attempt to reconcile the two. It will invigorate and entertain the modern-day reader.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108072397
    • dimensions: 323 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.7kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Book I. The Boy:
    1. Birth, parentage, and first impressions
    2. Dame school
    3. The Doocot Cave
    4. First glimpse of the Sutherland Highlands
    Book II. The Apprentice:
    1. Boyish magazines
    2. Early friendships
    3. Conon-side
    4. Returns to Conon-side
    Book III. The Journeyman:
    1. Favourable opinions from old David Wright and Uncle James
    2. Gairloch
    3. Comes of age
    4. Niddrie
    5. The stone-cutter's disease
    6. Poems addressed to Ross
    7. Poverty, honourable and dishonourable
    8. Miller at twenty-six
    9. Seeks work in Inverness unsuccessfully
    10. Resumes work as a stone-cutter at Cromarty
    11. Miller and his new friends
    12. Miller's political views
    13. Miss Fraser
    14. New outlook in life
    15. Letters to Miss Dunbar of Boath
    16. Two letters on religion
    17. Miscellaneous letters. Volume 2: Book IV. The Bank Accountant:
    1. Offer of a situation
    2. His first prose book
    3. Death of Miss Dunbar
    4. Letters to Miss Fraser, Finlay, and Dr. Waldie
    5. Marriage
    6. Science in the ascendant
    7. The Cromarty Fast-day
    Book V. Editor:
    1. Non-intrusion
    2. Letter to Lord Brougham
    3. At the editorial desk
    4. The disruption
    5. Difference with Dr. Candlish
    Book VI. Man of Science:
    1. The Old Red Sandstone
    2. Science and Religion
    3. The last Edinburgh period
    4. Closing scenes.

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    Peter Bayne

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