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Darwin and Women
A Selection of Letters


Charissa Varma, Paul White
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  • Date Published: January 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107158863

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  • Darwin and Women focusses on Darwin's correspondence with women and on the lives of the women he knew and wrote to. It includes a large number of hitherto unpublished letters between members of Darwin's family and their friends that throw light on the lives of the women of his circle and their relationships, social and professional, with Darwin. The letters included are by turns entertaining, intriguing, and challenging, and are organised into thematic chapters, including botany and zoology as well as marriage and servants, that set them in an accessible narrative context. Darwin's famous remarks on women's intelligence in Descent of Man provide a recurring motif, and are discussed in the foreword by Gillian Beer, and in the introduction. The immediacy and variety of these texts make this an entertaining read which will suggest avenues for further research to students.

    • Collects together for the first time Darwin's correspondence with the women in his circle, including both family members and professional colleagues
    • Contains letters yet to be published by the Darwin Project ( giving new insight into women's role in nineteenth-century science
    • Offers new biographical and contextual information on Darwin and his female correspondents
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This magpie-eyed selection illuminates [Darwin's] relationships with the women in his family and social circle, as well as those who were engaged in similar scientific studies.' Helen Brown, Sunday Telegraph

    'Darwin and Women contains a wealth of fascinating stories about the lives of nineteenth century women and the slow growth in professionalisation of their work. … The book is as entertaining as it is enlightening, and allows us to hear many of the voices of women that would otherwise be lost to history.' Ann Kennedy Smith, Dublin Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107158863
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Friends
    2. Marriage
    3. Children Charissa Varma
    4. Scientific wives and allies
    5. Observing plants
    6. Companion animals
    7. Insects and angels
    8. Observing humans
    9. Editors
    10. Writers and critics
    11. Religion Paul White
    12. Travellers
    13. Servants and governesses
    14. Ascent of woman.

  • Author

    Charles Darwin


    Samantha Evans, University of Cambridge
    Samantha Evans is an associate editor of the Darwin Correspondence Project.


    Charissa Varma, Paul White

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