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Darwin's Disciple

by Joel S. Schwartz
Philadelphia (PA): Lightning Rod Press / American Philosophical Society, 2010. 806 pages.

Darwin’s Disciple tells the story of Darwin’s younger colleague George John Romanes through his correspondence, annotated by Joel S. Schwartz. “While the collection is not exhaustive—though the full Darwin/Romanes correspondence is included—Schwartz has succeeded in his task,” writes reviewer John M. Lynch. “What Schwartz’s volume makes abundantly clear is that Romanes—occupying as he did a central place in the early history of Darwinism—should be seen as a fascinating character on his own merits. This volume deserves to be on the shelf of anyone—historian or not—with an interest in nineteenth-century biology.”