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Questions about the works of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) or his life as a writer.

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What does "epesthai to logo" mean in this letter from Charles Kingsley to Charles Darwin?

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2 includes the following letter to Darwin from Charles Kingsley, written shortly after the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859: [With regard to the ...
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Source for the "monsters under our bed" quote attributed to Darwin

I'm trying to locate the source of the famous quote usually attributed to Darwin (and sometimes, The Joker...): We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us....
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What is the "wash" for which Charles Lyell paid 4 shillings and sixpence?

In Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2, Darwin's friend Charles Lyell wrote in a letter to him (dated 3rd October 1859): You enclose your sheets in old MS., so the Post Office very properly ...
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What does "remote in scale" mean here?

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2 includes the following letter from Darwin to Charles Lyell, written about a review of his new book: P.S.—I must tell you one little fact which has pleased ...
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What did Adam Sedgwick mean by "tra-road"?

In Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2, Darwin's friend Adam Sedgwick wrote in a letter to him (dated 24th December 1859) about his then new book The Origin of Species: Parts of it I admired ...
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What did Darwin mean by "approximately the line of Behring's Straits"?

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2 includes the following letter from Darwin to Charles Lyell, written about the migration of species, and the two sides of Behring's Strait: It may be sheer ...
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What did Bentham mean by "outworks" in an address to the Linnean Society?

In Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2, the editor was talking about Mr. Bentham: [The next letter refers to Mr. Bentham's presidential address to the Linnean Society (May 25, 1863). Mr. ...
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What does "keep up to the mark" mean in this letter from Darwin to Hooker?

In LIFE AND LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN Volume 2, Darwin was writing a letter to his friend about finishing the revision of his own book: Congratulate me, for I have finished the last revise of the ...
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To what extent was literary criticism being applied to scientific works at the time Darwin's Plots was written?

I'm reading Gillian Beer's Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. This book is essentially a work of literary criticism of Darwin's theory of ...
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What's based here on studying domestic variation?

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2 includes the following letter from Darwin to Asa Gray, written about a review of his new book: I have been rather extra busy, so have been slack in ...