Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sex sells!

I hear that Ladies think it delightful reading, but that it does not do to talk about it, which no doubt promotes the sale.   In 1871 Darwin published Descent, his long-awaited book on human evolution, and all 2500 copies … Continue reading

Where’s Eliza? Victorian guerilla advertising

  In 1872, Samuel Butler wrote to Darwin about his book Erewhon, which had just been published, to explain that his chapter on the rise of machines was not anti-Darwinian as many critics thought but a pro-Darwinian satire. Excusing his … Continue reading