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Alfred Russel Wallace : a life

Author: Peter Raby
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This biography of Wallace traces the development of one of the most remarkable scientific travelers, naturalists, and thinkers of the nineteenth century. Peter Raby reveals his subject as a courageous, unconventional explorer and a man of exceptional humanity. He draws more extensively on Wallace's correspondence than has any previous biographer and offers a revealing yet balanced account of the relationship between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Alfred Russel Wallace; Alfred Russel Wallace; Alfred Russel Wallace; Alfred Russel Wallace
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Raby
ISBN: 0691006954 9780691006956
OCLC Number: 47773770
Description: xi, 340 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Evolution of a Naturalist --
Apprenticeship on the Amazon --
Hunting the White Umbrella Bird --
Planning the Next Expedition --
The Land of the Orang-utan --
Heading East --
In Search of Paradise Birds --
The Return of the Wanderer --
Wallace Transformed --
Man and Mind --
The Big Trees --
The Future of the Race --
The Last Orchard --
The Old Hero.
Responsibility: Peter Raby.
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This biography of Wallace traces the development of one of the most remarkable scientific travelers, naturalists, and thinkers of the nineteenth century. Peter Raby reveals his subject as a courageous, unconventional explorer and a man of exceptional humanity. He draws more extensively on Wallace's correspondence than has any previous biographer and offers a revealing yet balanced account of the relationship between Wallace and Darwin. Wallace lacked Darwin's advantages. A largely self-educated native of Wales, he spent four years in the Amazon in his mid-twenties collecting specimens for museums and wealthy patrons, only to lose his finds in a shipboard fire in the mid-Atlantic. He vowed never to travel again. Yet two years later he was off to the East Indies on a vast eight-year trek where he discovered countless species and identified the point of divide between Asian and Australian fauna, 'Wallace's Line.' After his return, he plunged into numerous controversies and published regularly until his death at the age of ninety, in 1913. He penned a classic volume on his travels, founded the discipline of biogeography, promoted natural selection, and produced a distinctive account of mind and consciousness in man.

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