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The evolution of inanimate objects : the life and collected works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879) : a novel

Author: Harry Karlinsky
Publisher: London, Ont. : Insomniac Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the archives of Ontario's London Asylum, psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky comes across a familiar surname in the register. Could Thomas Darwin, involuntarily admitted to the Asylum as a "danger to others," be a relative of the great Charles Darwin? And what might have brought him to this place, where he died alone, a world away from home? In this factitious biography, the author gives the reader a Nabokovian tale of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Thomas Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Karlinsky
ISBN: 9781554830077 1554830079 9781897415313 1897415311
OCLC Number: 656133027
Notes: "Serotonin/Wayside".
Description: 231 p. : genealogical table, ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: by Harry Karlinsky.

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In the archives of Ontario's London Asylum, psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky comes across a familiar surname in the register. Could Thomas Darwin, involuntarily admitted to the Asylum as a "danger to others," be a relative of the great Charles Darwin? And what might have brought him to this place, where he died alone, a world away from home? In this factitious biography, the author gives the reader a Nabokovian tale of Darwinian theory gone wrong. Although decisively a work of fiction, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects invites sustained uncertainty as to whether Thomas is a character of pure invention or simply a heretofore little known figure.

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