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Charles Darwin: A Biography, Vol. 2 - The Power of Place Paperback – October 5, 2003
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Darwin, for someone of such stature socially and scientifically, was a rooted, private man. He rarely left his spacious, gated home at Down except to visit one of his few good friends or relatives. His public appearances were nearly as noted as the Pope's. In spite of this seeming exclusiveness, he maintained an immense and warm correspondence all over the world. Alfred Russell Wallace, for example, was one of his good friends, but almost entirely by means of letters. Moreover, he received a constant stream of visitors at Down, many of whom were hardly known to him, and some of whom barely spoke English.
However, these visits were rarely extended beyond a courteous lunch. Darwin would often plead weakness or illness (or let one of the womenfolk do it for him) in order to get away to his study and his studies after being dutifully social. Of course, if it was Huxley, or Lyell, or Hooker visiting, then Darwin had considerably more strength for conversation. These old friends formed the core of his scientific network, and, along with Asa Gray in America, were his representatives in the larger scientific world.Read more ›
It is my hope that anybody interested in the historical background of evolutionary theory will read both of Browne's books. They are well worth it!
colleagues and, in the final analysis, society at large. This compelling study is the outstanding work on Darwin. Her focus on his motivations, activities and other aspects of what made him such a towering figure makes this a remarkable work. This magnificent study and its companion "Voyaging" will maintain their value as Darwin's pre-eminent account for many years.
The pivotal point, of course, is Darwin's 1859 book, The Origin of Species. Browne recounts the "Wallace letter" which nearly toppled Darwin from the place of priority in developing the idea of natural selection. Darwin's friends and colleagues rallied to sustain him while maintaining fairness to both him and Wallace. The many years of study Darwin had given to the concept resulted in the volume that changed our view of life, but it remains an open question whether he would have published without the "thunderbolt from Ternate." Browne's view isn't narrow, however, as she places Origin within the broader schema of Victorian writing, whether fiction, social commentary, poetry or science.Read more ›
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This book is the second part of a really excellent two-volume biography of Charles Darwin, one which the great evolutionary theorist Ernst Mayr called “the definitive Darwin... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Webster
it is a good complement of part !, although a bit longer that it needed to be, but it gives a good portrait of the Victorian agePublished 9 months ago by mario baeza
I have read both of Janet Browne's volumes, and I loved both of them. I would rate The Power of Place a little more interesting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by kevin w. wright
Just like in the first volume of her Darwin biography, Janet Browne’s The Power of Place is clearly written, loaded with interesting anecdotes, and a joy to read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Daniel Putman
While this second volume is not quite so exciting as the first, one cannot help but be impressed with Darwin's doggedness in pursuing his observations of Nature's wonders. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eleanore B. Sturgill
Paper back was in excellent condition and Janet Browne does a great job of explaining one of the worlds greatest scientists.Published 19 months ago by James S. Sarapata
I bought it for my husband, who after reading Vol. ! wished to finish the story of Mr. Darwin. He still thanks me for my choice and have enjoyed endless hours of pure joy reading... Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Carmen S. dence