By Gillian Beer
Gillian Beer's landmark ebook demonstrates how Darwin overturned basic cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and different writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and the way the tales he produced approximately average choice and the fight for all times now underpin our tradition. This moment variation contains a new preface by way of the writer and a foreword via the prestigious American student George Levine.
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In The Origin of Species (1859) man is a determining absence, for reasons that I 8 shall analyse in the succeeding chapters. In The Descent of Man (1871) man in all his varieties is the topic. The ﬁrst is a work primarily of biology, the second of anthropology: together they form the substantial statement of Darwin’s published views on evolution. Darwin’s is a theory of descent as well as of adaptation: in The Origin he concentrated on the mechanism of ‘natural’ (that is, non-human and unwilled) ‘selection’ in creating change.