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The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics

By: Charles Darwin(Author), Sir Francis Darwin(Editor)

424 pages, 28 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2009 | Edition: 2 | #199675 | ISBN-13: 9781108004831
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

This second edition of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was edited by his son Francis Darwin and published in 1890. As Sir Francis notes in his brief preface, because the first edition did not sell out in Charles Darwin's lifetime, 'he had no opportunity of publishing the material collected with a view to a second edition.' This material, in the form of 'a mass of letters, extracts from and references to books' was utilised in the second edition, as were Darwin's pencilled corrections in his own volume of the first. The book is a study of the muscular movements of the face (both human and animal) triggered by the emotions being felt – a 'physical' response to a 'mental' sensation. Darwin's detailed analysis of what actually happens to a body in a state of fear, or joy, or anger is illustrated by photographic images.


Preface to the second edition

1. General principles of expression
2. General principles of expression (continued)
3. General principles of expression (concluded)
4. Means of expression in animals
5. Special expressions of animals
6. Special expressions of man: suffering and weeping
7. Low spirits, anxiety, grief, dejection, despair
8. Joy, high spirits, love, tender feelings, devotion
9. Reflection, meditation, ill-temper, sulkiness, determination
10. Hatred and anger
11. Disdain, contempt, disgust, guilt, pride, etc.
12. Surprise, astonishment, fear, horror
13. Self-attention, shame, shyness, modesty, blushing
14. Concluding remarks and summary


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