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Darwin and Women: A Selection of Letters

  • Collects together for the first time Darwin's correspondence with the women in his circle, including both family members and professional colleagues
  • Contains letters yet to be published by the Darwin Project giving new insight into women's role in nineteenth-century science
  • Offers new biographical and contextual information on Darwin and his female correspondents

By: Charles Darwin(Author), Samantha Evans(Editor)

350 pages, 19 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2016 | #233045 | ISBN-13: 9781107158863
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About this book

Darwin and Women focusses on Darwin's correspondence with women and on the lives of the women he knew and wrote to. It includes a large number of hitherto unpublished letters between members of Darwin's family and their friends that throw light on the lives of the women of his circle and their relationships, social and professional, with Darwin. The letters included are by turns entertaining, intriguing, and challenging, and are organised into thematic chapters, including botany and zoology as well as marriage and servants, that set them in an accessible narrative context. Darwin's famous remarks on women's intelligence in Descent of Man provide a recurring motif, and are discussed in the foreword by Gillian Beer, and in the introduction. The immediacy and variety of these texts make this an entertaining read which will suggest avenues for further research to students.


1. Friends
2. Marriage
3. Children Charissa Varma
4. Scientific wives and allies
5. Observing plants
6. Companion animals
7. Insects and angels
8. Observing humans
9. Editors
10. Writers and critics
11. Religion Paul White
12. Travellers
13. Servants and governesses
14. Ascent of woman

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Samantha Evans is an associate editor of the Darwin Correspondence Project.

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