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Charles Darwin's Shorter Publications, 1829-1883

By: John van Wyhe(Author)

529 pages, b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Mar 2009 | #173842 | ISBN-13: 9780521888097
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Charles Darwin's words first appeared in print as a student at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1829, and in almost every subsequent year of his life he published essays, articles, letters to editors, or other brief works.

These shorter publications contain a wealth of valuable material. They represent an important part of the Darwin visible to the Victorian public, alongside his ever present sense of humour, and reveal an even wider variety of his scientific interests and abilities, which continued to his final days. Charles Darwin's Shorter Publications, 1829-1883 brings together all known shorter publications and printed items Darwin wrote during his lifetime, including his first and his last publications, and the first publication, with A. R. Wallace, of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

With over seventy newly discovered items, Charles Darwin's Shorter Publications, 1829-1883 is fully edited and annotated, and contains original illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography.


- Foreword Janet Browne and Jim Secord
- Introduction
- Acknowledgements
- The Shorter Publications 1829-1883
- Bibliography
- Index

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John van Wyhe is an historian of science. He is the founder and Director of Darwin Online ( – the largest edition of Darwin's publications and manuscripts ever published, and a Bye-Fellow of Christ's College, University of Cambridge (Darwin's own college). He recently led the restoration of Darwin's rooms at Christ's College. Van Wyhe's recent research has challenged the long-held view that Darwin held back or kept his theory secret for 20 years (Darwin's delay). Van Wyhe's books include Charles Darwin's Notebooks from the Voyage of the Beagle, with Gordon Chancellor and Kees Rookmaaker and a foreword by Richard Darwin Keynes, Darwin in Cambridge (Cambridge, Christ's College, 2009), and Darwin (Andre Deutsch, 2008, and National Geographic, 2009).

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