A Natural Calling

Life, Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin Fox

Authors: Larkum, Anthony

  • New material on the life of Charles Darwin
  • A fresh look at one of the most important biographical sources for the life of Charles Darwin
  • A fascinating account of the lives of two Victorian naturalists
  • A biographical account of the life of Charles Darwin contrasted with his clergyman cousin, William Darwin Fox
  • A new look at the man who introduced Charles Darwin to beetles, William Darwin Fox
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This book provides new factual material on Charles Darwin, following many years of research into Darwin’s relationship to his cousin William Darwin Fox. It is a biographical and historical account of the letters exchanged by these two men and the diaries of W D Fox have never been accessed before. The relationship between Darwin and Fox has been acknowledged as a major biographical source on Darwin. Here the life of Fox is carefully pieced together and compared and contrasted with that of Darwin. Since Darwin and Fox were undergraduates together at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and corresponded with each other for the rest of their lives, dying within two years of each other, the diaries allow us a vivid insight into the unique relationship of these two naturalists and family friends. Both were studying to be clergymen of the Church of England, when Darwin was offered a place on The Beagle. Thereafter their lives diverged, as Fox became the country parson that Darwin might have been. Never the less, Fox supplied many facts to Darwin, which were used in the "Origin of Species" and later books.The views and opinions exchanged between these two men greatly enlarge our appreciation of the life and contribution of Charles Darwin at a profoundly personal level.

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From the reviews: “Larkum (Univ. of Sydney, Australia) has structured this work around 155 letters … written by Charles Darwin to his second cousin, William Darwin Fox, from 1828 to 1880, the year of Fox’s death. Larkum supplements this treasure trove with a few surviving letters Fox wrote to Darwin, Fox’s letters to family members and other naturalists, and his diaries. … This book’s unique material will appeal to biologists and historians. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (J. S. Schwartz, Choice, Vol. 47 (7), March, 2010)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Grandfathers and Fathers

    Larkum, Anthony W. D.

    Pages 1-11

  • Christ’s College, Cambridge (1824-1826)

    Larkum, Anthony W. D.

    Pages 13-44

  • Charles Darwin at Cambridge: The Letters to William Darwin Fox

    Larkum, Anthony W. D.

    Pages 45-116

  • Darwin’s Voyage on the Beagle

    Larkum, Anthony W. D.

    Pages 117-167

  • Professions, Marriage, Families and Illness

    Larkum, Anthony W. D.

    Pages 169-231

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-8956-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Natural Calling
Book Subtitle
Life, Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin Fox
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9233-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9233-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9232-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8956-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLVI, 576
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