The Evolution of Inanimate Objects: The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879)

October 15, 2010|
The Evolution of Inanimate Objects: The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879) by Harry Karlinsky
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While carrying out historical research at Ontario's London Asylum, psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky comes across a familiar surname in the register: one "Thomas Darwin of Down, England." Could this Thomas be a relation of the eminent scientist Charles Darwin? In a narrative woven from letters, memoir abstracts, photographs, and illustrations, what emerges is a sketch of Thomas's life - the last of eleven children born to Charles Darwin.In this stunning factitious biography, Karlinsky gives us a subtle parody and a Nabokovian tale of Darwinian theory gone wrong. Through the sometimes doctored, sometimes invented writings, we see the tragically short life of Thomas Darwin, a young scientist in his own right, whose novel application of evolutionary theory centres on knives and forks and spoons. Although decisively a work of fiction, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects invites sustained uncertainty as to whether Thomas Darwin is a character of pure invention or simply a heretofore little-known figure.
Title:The Evolution of Inanimate Objects: The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.6 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Insomniac PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897415311

ISBN - 13:9781897415313

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