Charles Darwin's third book on evolution, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, has often been overlooked. But not only was it a pivotal work in the development of evolutionary theory, psychiatry and psychology, it was also a ground-breaker in the way it was compiled and presented. He defined six emotions as fundamental to human evolution: Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, Fear, Anger and Disgust One of the first books to be illustrated
It was a risk - could we - in the single day we had the room - get all 70 of the Gwen Raverat prints and paintings professionally hung for the momentous exhibition English Heritage had commissioned of her work - an idea that has been in the making for over a year - to show Darwin's granddaughter's work in the very house he lived in and she frequently visited. It meant working around the public visiting the house, but they were most obliging.
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Gwen Raverat and the Bohemian Meme
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A talk given at Darwin College, Cambridge, by William Pryor on June 7th, 2009
On April 2nd 1911, the night of the census, ten people were recorded as living in this, the house that George Howard Darwin had bought from the coal and grain merchant Patrick Beales and named Newnham Grange.
Creative Myths of Cambridge
A talk delivered to the Rupert Brooke Society, August 19th, 2012
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In a letter to my grandfather not long before his death in 1925 from multiple sclerosis, Virginia Woolf wrote: Is your art as chaotic as ours? I feel that for us writers the only chance now is to go out into the desert & peer about, like devoted scapegoats, for some sign of a path. I expect you got through your discoveries sometime earlier.
But he wasn’t a