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George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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George Eliot was the pen name of celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She was born on the outskirts of Nuneaton in Warwickshire and was educated at boarding schools from the age of five until she was 16. Her education ended when she…

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  • … Isaac refused to acknowledge her or her relationship until Lewes died. Despite these setbacks the …
  • … keen readers of her work and Darwin first called on her and Lewes on 14 November 1868, a Saturday. …

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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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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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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  • … medium Charles E. Williams, and was attended by George Henry Lewes and Marian Evans (George Eliot), …

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From J. D. Hooker   26[–7] February 1868KewFeby 26th/68Dear Darwin I have been bursting with impatience to hear what you would say of the Athenæum Review & who wrote it— I could not conceive who…

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  • Journal hascovered itself with infamy”.— The GCarticle is weak, wateryIt is hard to
  • please return it.—as I have no time to copy it.— J H. CD
  • blue crayon Top of letter : ‘LondonAthen. Lewesf10 blue crayon Footnotes
  • J. D. Hooker, J. D. Hooker, J. D. Huxley, T. H. Owen, Richard Scientific

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … [DAR *128: 155] Lewis sea-side Book [Lewes 1858]. G. Tollet says very amusing 108 …
  • … 1854 March 11 th . Comte Philosophie Positive G Lewes [Lewes 1853] (curious) …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … He revelled in the praise heaped on Francis by George Henry Lewes for an article on the snail’s …