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The Resource Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker, A.N. Wilson

Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker, A.N. Wilson

Label
Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker
Title
Charles Darwin
Title remainder
Victorian mythmaker
Statement of responsibility
A.N. Wilson
Title variation
Victorian mythmaker
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this bold new life - the first single-volume biography of Charles Darwin in twenty-five years - A.N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of this celebrated but contradictory figure. Darwin was described by his friend and champion Thomas Huxley as a symbol. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a brilliant naturalist, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius: he longed to have a theory that explained everything. But was Darwin's 1859 masterwork, On the Origin of Species, really when it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of nature's grand plan? Charles Darwin is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book that isn't afraid to challenge Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary ideas, and the wider Victorian age. -- from dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, A. N.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
QH31.D2
LC item number
W55 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Naturalists
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Naturalists
  • Great Britain
Label
Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker, A.N. Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by John Murray (Publishers), an Hachette UK Company."--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-422) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A symbol -- The old hat -- What he owed to Edinburgh -- Cambridge : Charles Darwin, Gent -- The voyage of the Beagle -- 'Blackbirds ... gross-beaks ... wren' -- The ladder by which you mounted -- Lost in the vicinity of Bloomsbury -- Half-embedded in the flesh of their wives -- An essay by Mr. Wallace -- A poker and a rabbit -- Is it true? -- The Oxford Debate and its aftermath -- Adios, theory -- Immense generalizations -- Evolution old and new -- Mutual aid
Control code
972213903
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition
Extent
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062433497
Lccn
2017039907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)972213903
Label
Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker, A.N. Wilson
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by John Murray (Publishers), an Hachette UK Company."--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-422) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A symbol -- The old hat -- What he owed to Edinburgh -- Cambridge : Charles Darwin, Gent -- The voyage of the Beagle -- 'Blackbirds ... gross-beaks ... wren' -- The ladder by which you mounted -- Lost in the vicinity of Bloomsbury -- Half-embedded in the flesh of their wives -- An essay by Mr. Wallace -- A poker and a rabbit -- Is it true? -- The Oxford Debate and its aftermath -- Adios, theory -- Immense generalizations -- Evolution old and new -- Mutual aid
Control code
972213903
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition
Extent
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062433497
Lccn
2017039907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)972213903

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