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Author Secord, James A.

Title Victorian sensation : the extraordinary publication, reception, and secret authorship of Vestiges of the natural history of creation / James A. Secord.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  576.80941 SECO    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 624 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 533-581) and index.
Contents Prologue: Devils or Angels 1 -- Part 1 Romances of Creation -- 1. A Great Sensation 9 -- 2. Steam Reading 41 -- 3. Evolution for the People 77 -- 4. Marketing Speculation 111 -- Part 2 Geographies of Reading -- 5. Conversations on Creation 155 -- 6. Science in the City 191 -- 7. Church in Danger 222 -- 8. Holy War 261 -- Part 3 Spiritual Journeys -- 9. Sinners and Saints 299 -- 10. Self-Development 336 -- 11. Anonymity 364 -- Part 4 Futures of Science -- 12. Paradoxes of Gentility 403 -- 13. Grub Street Science 437 -- 14. Mammon and the New Reformation 471 -- Epilogue: Lifting the Veil 515.
Summary "Marvelous. . . . An impressive, timely, and important book. Secord crosses disciplines with the effortless elegance of an intellectual athlete." Spectator> When "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation was published anonymously in 1844, it sparked one of the greatest sensations of the Victorian era, startling, scandalizing, or invigorating more than one hundred thousand readers with its vision of the solar system's formation and humanity's evolution. In this pioneering history, James A. Secord uses the story of Vestiges to create a panoramic portrait of life in the early industrial era, uncovering the bustling world of publishers, printers, and booksellers that made such upheaval possible and revealing the secrets of the text's authorship.
Subject Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871. Vestiges of the natural history of creation.
Evolution (Biology)
ISBN 0226744108 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226744116 (paper : alk. paper