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Darwin the Writer

by George Levine
New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 244 pages.

“George Levine’s fine new book … will certainly assist you in recognizing the beauty of Darwin’s language and convince you of the importance of actually reading Darwin before you start conversing in any depth about his ideas,” writes reviewer Michael Roos. “Levine intends to show us how much of Darwin’s enchantment with the world is inherent in the very language of his great texts, especially The Voyage of the Beagle and On the Origin of Species. … Although Levine’s erudition is impressive and he requires his readers to wade through pages of endnotes, he is nevertheless a most engaging writer, and his passion for Darwin is evident in every sentence.”