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Victorians and the prehistoric : tracks to a lost world

Author: Michael J Freeman
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Michael Freeman shows how men and women were both energised and unsettled by the realisation that the formation of the earth over hundreds of millions of years and Darwin's theories about the origins of life contradicted what they had read in the Bible. He describes the rock and fossil collecting craze that emerged, the sources of inspiration and imagery discovered by writers and artists, and the new importance of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Freeman
ISBN: 0300103344 9780300103342
OCLC Number: 54929622
Description: 310 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Tracks to a lost world --
Time ... that unfathomable abyss --
The testimony of the rocks --
'Let there be dragons' --
'Washing away a world' --
Competition, competition ... --
The prehistoric as exhibition.
Responsibility: Michael Freeman.
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When one considers the sheer amount of rock and earth that the Victorians excavated as they criss-crossed Britain with railways and canals, it is hardly surprising that they became fascinated by the  Read more...

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