Blurbs on the Back Cover of the Origin Edition

"This edition of The Origin of Species is a welcome addition to the field. This volume brings together all the important primary material necessary to understanding Darwin and his milieu, giving students of Victorian science and the history of evolutionary biology a wonderful resource. Carroll combines Darwin's own work--including excerpts from his notebooks and letters, as well as appropriate passages from The Descent of Man--with exerpts from important precursors, supporters, and fellow scientists. The edition, inbringing all these materials together for the first time, is invaluable."

Leslie Cormack, University of Alberta


"A Pioneer in applying Darwinian thought to the analysis of literary texts, Joseph Carroll makes the Darwinian revolution beautifully intelligible in this edition by providing both a fine introduction and an illuminating collection of historical materials."

Donald E. Brown, University of California, Santa Barbara


"Joseph Carroll, a pre-eminent Darwinian in the humanities and a world-class scholar, has produced a definitive edition of The Origin of Species, with a generous selection of other writings by Darwin and related authors. The critical and historical introduction--almost a small book in itself--is a major accomplishment, so well written, well informed, and altogether intelligent. The volume as a whole will be invaluable."

Harold Fromm, University of Arizona