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Charles Darwin: After the Origin

by Sheila Ann Dean
Ithaca (NY): Paleontological Research Institution and Cornell University Library, 2009. 156 pages.

Dean’s book focuses on Darwin’s later years, and thus tells “a further story about Darwin’s accomplishments, some in quite esoteric fields (such as barnacles or earthworms and their effects in soils,” writes reviewer Sara B. Hoot. “The book is well-written and full of clear explanations of Darwin’s precepts, a help to any person interested in his work who does not want to slog through his numerous publications.” She adds that it “makes Darwin’s later works available in a easily accessed scientifically accurate text, helps us appreciate the historical settings of his research, and includes appropriate and well-placed illustrations.”