Volume 19 of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, contains more than 800 letters from the year 1871 when Descent of Man was published, many of them on the subject of human nature. A selection of the most important are being made available here, in advance of the online publication schedule, as part of the Human Nature initiative.
The reception of Descent :
Contexts of support:
Difficulties in accepting Darwin’s theory:
The role of Darwin’s daughter, Henrietta Darwin, in the creation of Descent :
New information on human evolution sent to Darwin after the publication of Descent :