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How and why language evolved bears on larger questions about the evolution of the human species, and the relationship between man and animals. Darwin presented his views on the development of human speech from animal sounds in The Descent of Man (1871),…

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  • … to such a stage” Letter 8367: Darwin, C. R. to Wright, Chauncey, 3 June [1872] In …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • paper by the American mathematician and philosopher Chauncey Wright. The republication of Wrights
  • help or advice during the yearIn addition to encouraging Chauncey Wright to publish on Mivarts
  • produce a corresponding effect on my mind’ ( letter to Chauncey Wright, 6 April 1872 ).  A

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … Ross, September 1874 ). The American philosopher Chauncey Wright sent a detailed letter …

Darwin on human evolution

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'I hear that Ladies think it delightful reading, but that it does not do to talk about it, which no doubt promotes the sale.' For the first time online you can now read the full texts of nearly 800 letters Darwin wrote and received during 1871,…

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  • … re-publication as a pamphlet of the American mathemetician Chauncey Wright's review of …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … of  Genesis of species  to be reprinted in London (Wright 1871b). The article was by the American …

John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • on commission with Murray 750 copies of a pamphlet of Chauncey Wrights critical review, published

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’ Darwin confessed in January1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months. January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … of one his most avid American supporters, the philosopher Chauncey Wright. Wright had published …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the …
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