Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Darwin wife's diaries online

Via Readerville

Wife's diaries shed light on Darwin

The diaries of Charles Darwin's wife have been published online, giving an unparalleled insight into the day-to-day life of the world's greatest naturalist.

Sixty pocket books are still in existence. They cover Emma Darwin's life from 1824, when on January 1 the 16-year-old girl records that she "played at charades", until her death in 1896.

"These books were found in a cardboard box in an old cupboard about 20 years ago," said the director of Darwin Online, Dr John van Wyhe. "People weren't really interested in the day-to-day Darwin then, just the Origin of Species."

This intimate record of Darwin's daily life, known to only a handful of scholars at Cambridge university until now, is in such a fragile state that academics could only use microfiche copies. Now it can be read in facsimile all over the world.

They can be found here.

I haven't read them yet, so I can't say anyting meaningful about them, but I thought it might interest some of my readers (*cough* PZ *cough*)



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