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The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Fiona J. Stafford


This book describes and analyses the enduring interest in the last of the race through investigation into different treatments by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers. The analysis is influenced by both literary expressions and extensive reading of the historical accounts, diaries, and newspaper reports of individuals who have represented the last of their kind. Fictional and real-life accounts of last men and women were compared and found to be enlightening. The biography of Pu Yi or the history of St Kilda may also help explain novels, such as The Last Man by Mary Shelley, and provide ... More

Keywords: race, sole survivor, Michael O'Guiheen, Ossian, Last Man, Blasket Island, Oisin, Pu Yi, St Kilda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona J. Stafford, author
Somerville College, Oxford