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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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  • … which has happened to me for some weeks’  ( letter to Albert Günther, 13 January [1870] ). Darwin …
  • … including Alexander Agassiz and his family, Anton Dohrn, Albert Günther, Joseph Hooker, Rudolf …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … his thirst for information on the subject to the zoologist Albert Günther: ‘a drunkard might as well …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … Gaudin, C.-T. (1) Gaudry, Albert (12) …
  • … Gärtner, Emma (2) Günther, Albert (64) …
  • … Beeck, August (1) Müller, Albert (4) …
  • … Societies (1) Regnard, Albert (1) …
  • … Armand de (1) Way, Albert (2) …
  • … Wiesner, Julius (5) Wigand, Albert (3) …

Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … garden ( letter from Frederick Smith, 8 October 1869 ). Albert Günther, assistant in the zoology …

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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  • … criticisms. Alexander Agassiz, Abraham Dee Bartlett, Albert Günther, George Busk, T. H. Huxley, …
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