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Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
Fiction or philosophy, profound knowledge or shocking heresy? When Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation was published anonymously in 1844, it sparked one of the greatest sensations of the Victorian era. More than a hundred thousand readers were spellbound by its startling vision—an account of the world that extended from the formation of the solar system to the spir...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published October 20th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published February 1st 2001)
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Pre-Darwinian evolution. Secrecy. Scandal. Secord found a new chapter in the freethought story, that most historians had completely forgotten -- despite the fact that Chambers's Vestiges was very popular in the mid-19th century on both sides of the Atlantic.