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Darwin the Writer

George Levine


This book studies Charles Darwin's writing as literature, and The Origin of Species as the most important book in English in the 19th century, and surprisingly, one of the most beautiful. Reading Darwin's work with the kind of attention one might direct to a great novel helps reveal Darwin's own personal voice in the midst of the scientific context, helps emphasize his extraordinary handling of language and his strategies of argument and representation, while emphasizing the emotional implications of his writing. The book traces the development of Darwin's way of seeing and imagining from his ... More

Keywords: comedy, paradox, double movement, modernism, metaphor, natural selection, Origin of Species, Beagle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Levine, author
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University