Alfred Russel Wallace : a life

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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2001].
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xi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
0691006954 , 9780691006956


Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-326) and index.
This biography of Wallace traces the development of one of the most remarkable scientific travelers, naturalists, and thinkers of the nineteenth century. Peter Raby reveals his subject as a courageous, unconventional explorer and a man of exceptional humanity. He draws more extensively on Wallace's correspondence than has any previous biographer and offers a revealing yet balanced account of the relationship between Wallace and Darwin. Wallace lacked Darwin's advantages. A largely self-educated native of Wales, he spent four years in the Amazon in his mid-twenties collecting specimens for museums and wealthy patrons, only to lose his finds in a shipboard fire in the mid-Atlantic. He vowed never to travel again. Yet two years later he was off to the East Indies on a vast eight-year trek where he discovered countless species and identified the point of divide between Asian and Australian fauna, 'Wallace's Line.' After his return, he plunged into numerous controversies and published regularly until his death at the age of ninety, in 1913. He penned a classic volume on his travels, founded the discipline of biogeography, promoted natural selection, and produced a distinctive account of mind and consciousness in man.

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Raby, P. (2001). Alfred Russel Wallace: a life . Princeton University Press.

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Raby, Peter. 2001. Alfred Russel Wallace: A Life. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

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Raby, Peter. Alfred Russel Wallace: A Life Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001.

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Raby, Peter. Alfred Russel Wallace: A Life Princeton University Press, 2001.

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