Banquet At Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry WerthBanquet At Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry Werth

Banquet At Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in America

byBarry Werth

Paperback | April 1, 2011

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In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwin’s controversial ideas to post-Civil-War America. Each chapter is dedicated to a crucial intellectual encounter, culminating with an exclusive farewell dinner held in English philosopher Herbert Spencer’s honor at the venerable New York restaurant Delmonico’s in 1882. In this thought-provoking and nuanced account, Werth firmly situates social Darwinism in the context of the Gilded Age. Banquet at Delmonico’s is social history at its finest.

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Barry Werth is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He is the author of several books, including The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal and 31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today.
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Title:Banquet At Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226893847

ISBN - 13:9780226893846

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“On one level, the book is a study of how ideas are understood, reworked, mangled and applied to society: Banquet at Delmonico's is like a racier version of The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand's worthy study of the origins of pragmatism.  But… Werth also offers a portrait of how ideas can be transformed if their originators vacate the public sphere."—Nation