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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. …

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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  • …   On 6 March 1868, Darwin wrote to the entomologist and accountant John Jenner Weir, ‘If …
  • … The quantity of his correspondence increased dramatically in 1868; the increase was due largely to …
  • … and his immediate circle of friends and relations. In July 1868 Darwin was still anticipating that …
  • … and not too much’ ( letter to Albert Günther, 15 May [1868] ). My book is horribly …
  • … as early as 1865, the two-volume work appeared in January 1868. A final delay caused by the indexing …
  • … look rather blank’ ( letter from W. S. Dallas, 8 January 1868 ). Darwin sympathised, replying on …
  • … fairly nauseated’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 February [1868] ). But such worries were laid to …
  • … was clearly impressed by Lewes’s reviews. On 7 August 1868 , he wrote him a lengthy letter from …
  • … not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace commiserated: ‘I am …
  • … to the paper’ ( letter from A. R. Wallace, 24 February [1868] ). The review was in fact by John …
  • … a veritable ass’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868] ). I am bothered with …
  • … Yorkshire, wrote of the colour of duck claws on 17 April 1868 . The letter was addressed to ‘the …
  • … Commons than any assembly in the world’ (from ?, 6 April 1868). On 21 May , Darwin complained to …
  • … breeder, who apologised in a letter of 11–13 May 1868 for his ‘voluminuous zeal’, and offered …
  • … changes in the canary (letters from J. J. Weir, [26] March 1868 and 3 June 1868 ). ‘It was …
  • … clear that I have none’ ( letter to J. J. Weir, 30 May [1868] ). Sexual selection …
  • … ratios was scanty, and he spent much of the first half of 1868 collecting facts on this question, …
  • … classes, a dim ray of light may be gained’ ( letter to H. T. Stainton, 21 February [1868] ). From …
  • … males getting wives’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 25 February [1868] ). Yet a number of Darwin’s …
  • … the American entomologist Benjamin Dann Walsh on 25 March 1868 . Wallace maintained that males …
  • … entomologists ( letter from Roland Trimen, 20 February 1868 , and letter from Robert MacLachlan, …
  • … of the caudicle of  Ophrys muscifera  (letters from T. H. Farrer, 17 May 1868 and 18 May …
  • … to oneself … is no slight gain’ ( letter from T. H. Farrer, 17 September 1868 ). Darwin continued …
  • … induced him to stay away ( letter from S. J. O’H. Horsman, 2 June [1868] ). But if Horsman …
  • … at the shrine of D r . Darwin’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 20 July 1868 ). Darwin received a …
  • … and even ‘ preached  against’ ( letter from G. D. Hinrichs, [before 13 August 1868] ). Finally, …

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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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  • From JDHooker   26[–7] February 1868 Kew Feby 26 th /68 Dear Darwin
  • 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
  • to Richard Owen (see letter to JDHooker, 23 February [1868]); the review was by John Robertson ( …
  • 1867) was reviewed in the Athenæum , 8 February 1868, pp21718. f3 CD had discussed
  • CDs reply. See letter to JDHooker, 28 February [1868] and nn810. …
  • 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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  • … 1851]. Packard. A Guide to the Study of Insects 1868. U. States [Packard 1868–9] (an …
  • … [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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  • … expressed in the pangenesis hypothesis, first published in 1868 ( Variation 2: 357–404). Others …
  • … He revelled in the praise heaped on Francis by George Henry Lewes for an article on the snail’s …