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Victorian Sensation Fiction or philosophy, profound knowledge or shocking heresy When V estiges of the Natural History of Creation was published anonymously in 1844, it sparked one of the greatest sensations of the Victorian era More than a hundred thousand readers were spellbound by its startling vision an account of the world that extended from the formation of the solar system to the spiritual destiny of humanity As gripping as a popular novel, Vestiges combined all the current scientific theories in fields ranging from astronomy and geology to psychology and economics The book was banned, it was damned, it was hailed as the gospel for a new age This is where our own public controversies about evolution began.In a pioneering cultural history, James A Secord uses the story of Vestiges to create a panoramic portrait of life in the early industrial era from the perspective of its readers We join apprentices in a factory town as they debate the consequences of an evolutionary ancestry We listen as Prince Albert reads aloud to Queen Victoria from a book that preachers denounced as blasphemy vomited from the mouth of Satan And we watch as Charles Darwin turns its pages in the flea ridden British Museum library, fearful for the fate of his own unpublished theory of evolution Using secret letters, Secord reveals how Vestiges was written and how the anonymity of its author was maintained for forty years He also takes us behind the scenes to a bustling world of publishers, printers, and booksellers to show how the furor over the book reflected the emerging industrial economy of print.Beautifully written and based on painstaking research, Victorian Sensation offers a new approach to literary history, the history of reading, and the history of science Profusely illustrated and full of fascinating stories, it is the most comprehensive account of the making and reception of a book other than the Bible ever attempted Winner of the 2002 Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society New Read Victorian Sensation author James A. Secord For Kindle ePUB or eBook – wildweaves.co.uk

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  1. James Secord is without a doubt the leading expert of all time on Robert Chambers s The Vestiges of Creation Secord tells us why Chambers book was so successful, why it was criticized and why its author remained anonymous until after his death.I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand a major part of the story about why evolution was in the air in the first half of the 19th century.But in writing this superb and brilliantly scholarly story, Secord f...

  2. While it was nice to have this book tie in everything we ve talked about in class, and I understand that it was quite an achievement to get all aspects of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation publication not to mention this is exactly what I want to d...

  3. My only concrete complaint about this book is that I believe that Secord essentially tries to cover too much in one book, thus making his arguments at timesconvoluted That being said, the connection to reform with the growth of the Victorian print cultureexplained through the publication and response to one book is one of theinteresting historical monographs I ve read this year.It did make me want to study the cultureand I believe his vi...

  4. It was very thorughly researched Only likely to appeal to someonw iwth a deep interest in the history of the idea of evoloution.I enjoyed it but it was a tough read

  5. Brilliant, masterful, and amazing.

  6. Despite the title, it s not erotica It s about a book that hit the stores 20 years before Darwin Very, very through history.

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