Charles Darwin influence on literature

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Charles-Darwin-Tree-of-LifeToday we celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution revolutionized the scientific world. An avid reader, Darwin built a personal library that included over 1, 500 volumes of science, philosophy, and literature. Just as Darwin was influenced by what he read, he has also influenced generations of scholars and authors. A significant number of his letters, books, and papers belong to the Cambridge University Library.

Charles Darwin's library

Darwin read Shakespeare from an early age and loved Odes to Horace in grade school. In the summer of 1826, Darwin read The Natural History of Selborne by the Rev Gilbert White. This book would give Darwin a much greater appreciation for wildlife and provide the impetus for his later studies.

He went on to Cambridge, where he read quite diversely. Significant titles included William Paley's Natural Theology, Sir John Herschel's Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy, and Alexander von Humboldt's Personal Narrative. Later, Darwin was never without his copy of Paradise Lost.

After Darwin's voyage on the Beagle, he returned to London, where he tried to read metaphysics (quite fashionable reading at the time). But it didn't suit him. Instead, he turned to poets like Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth for enjoyment. His wife, Emma, also read novels to him twice a day. He relished the works of legendary authors like Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Lord Byron.

"A miserable book--all words, words words": Darwin's reaction to Histoire naturelle générale des règnes organiques, by Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, Isidore (1854)

A notoriously active reader, Darwin often annotated his books--and he wasn't shy about expressing his opinion of a work. He viewed them more as tools than tomes, and would even break books in half to make them easier to carry or rip out sections that pertained to his research. After Darwin finished reading a book, he would methodically go back through his notes and create abstracts.

Darwin's Role in Literature

Though Darwin was a scientist, his studies and theories had implications that stretched far beyond the scientific community. Authors like John Ruskin and Alfred Lord Tennyson reacted to Darwin's theories, as did George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Butler. Moreover, Darwin forced people to grapple with the problem of reconciling religion with scientific discovery--a struggle that has influenced countless writers.

Meanwhile Darwin's journey to the isolated islands of the Galapagos has also given many a writer quite the fascinating setting. Aldous Huxley drew upon it for The Island, and Kurt Vonnegut borrowed liberally for his satire, Multiple authors have fictionalized Darwin's life, especially his voyage on the Beagle.



So then, one might wonder, what do all of these Intelligent Design people really want? "The Wedge Strategy," which was leaked by the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, the main group supporting Intelligent Design, and a subsidiary of the conservative Christian think-tank, the Discovery Institute. The document starts:
"The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. Its influence can be detected in most, if not all, of the West's greatest achievements, including representative democracy, human rights, free enterprise, and progress in the arts and sciences

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