Book Review: Charles Darwin: The ‘Beagle’ Letters by Frederick Burkhardt (Editor)
Review by Tom Siegfried
By Science News, 15:18 PM January 15, 2009
Charles Darwin was a prolific letter writer — not unusual in his day, of course, before telephones, e-mail and Facebook. A little less usual is the degree to which his correspondence has been preserved, and so widely read.
Darwin died in 1882, and collecting and assessing Darwinabilia has been a passion for historians of both science and culture ever since. The bicentennial of Darwin’s birth has inspired renewed attention and new collections — in this case, a thorough catalog of the letters...
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