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The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

Volume 21. 1873

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Part of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107052147

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  • This volume is part of the definitive edition of letters written by and to Charles Darwin, the most celebrated naturalist of the nineteenth century. Notes and appendixes put these fascinating and wide-ranging letters in context, making the letters accessible to both scholars and general readers. Darwin depended on correspondence to collect data from all over the world, and to discuss his emerging ideas with scientific colleagues, many of whom he never met in person. The letters are published chronologically: Volume 21 includes letters from 1873, the year in which Darwin received responses to his work on human and animal expression. Also in this year, Darwin continued his work on carnivorous plants and plant movement, finding unexpected similarities between the plant and animal kingdoms, raised a subscription for his friend Thomas Henry Huxley, and decided to employ a scientific secretary for the first time - his son Francis.

    • Complete transcriptions of more than 600 letters written and received by Charles Darwin in 1873, providing for the first time primary materials of immense value to researchers across a range of disciplines
    • Clear and concise explanatory notes make the material easily accessible for both scholars and general readers, and a complete biographical register provides brief notes on people mentioned in the letters
    • A narrative introduction gives a concise and highly readable account of Darwin's life in 1873; a significant year both professionally and in his private life
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107052147
    • length: 826 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of letters
    Introduction
    Acknowledgments
    List of provenances
    Note on editorial policy
    Darwin/Wedgwood genealogy
    Abbreviations and symbols
    The Correspondence
    Appendix I. Translations
    Appendix II. Chronology
    Appendix III. Diplomas presented to Charles Darwin
    Appendix IV. Reviews of Expression
    Appendix V. Draft subscription list for Thomas Henry Huxley
    Manuscript alterations and comments
    Biographical register and index to correspondents
    Bibliography
    Notes on manuscript sources
    Index.

  • Editors

    Frederick Burkhardt, American Council of Learned Societies
    Frederick Burkhardt (1912–2007), the founder of the Darwin Correspondence Project, was president of Bennington College, Vermont, 1947–57, and president of the American Council of Learned Societies, 1957–74. Before founding the Darwin Correspondence Project in 1974, he was already at work on an edition of the papers of the philosopher William James. He received the Modern Language Association of America's first Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters in 1991, the Founder's Medal of the Society for the History of Natural History in 1997, the Thomas Jefferson Gold Medal of the American Philosophical Society in 2003 and a special citation for outstanding service to the history of science from the History of Science Society in 2005.

    James Secord, University of Cambridge
    James A. Secord has served as Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project since 2006. He is also Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Christ's College. Besides his work for the Darwin Project, his research focuses on the history of science from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. His book, Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (2000), won the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society. He has recently written on scientific conversation, scrapbook-keeping and public scientific displays.

    The Editors of the Darwin Correspondence Project, University of Cambridge

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