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By Martin Fichman

Codiscoverer of the speculation of evolution via typical choice, Alfred Russel Wallace could be famous as one of many titans of Victorian technological know-how. as a substitute he has lengthy been relegated to a secondary position at the back of Darwin. Worse, many students have missed or perhaps mocked his major contributions to different facets of Victorian tradition. With An Elusive Victorian, Martin Fichman offers the 1st entire analytical examine of Wallace's lifestyles and arguable highbrow career.

Fichman examines not just Wallace's medical paintings as an evolutionary theorist and box naturalist but in addition his philosophical matters, his involvement with theism, and his dedication to land nationalization and different sociopolitical reforms comparable to women's rights. As Fichman exhibits, Wallace labored all through his lifestyles to combine those humanistic and medical pursuits. His target: the improvement of an evolutionary cosmology, a unified imaginative and prescient of humanity's position in nature and society that he was hoping may make sure the dignity of all individuals.

To display the numerous points of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but in addition probes the contents of his lesser identified writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of reflect on Wallace's technology as special from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a collectively necessary courting among the 2, one that formed Wallace into some of the most memorable characters of his time. absolutely situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its historic and cultural context, Fichman's cutting edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technology, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.

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