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...

Source URL:‘beagle’-letters-frederick-burkhardt-editor