RECORD: Anon. 1863. [Review of Origin]. Evening Courier and Republic (Buffalo, New York) (10 April 10): 3.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe. 7.2021. RN1

NOTE: See the record for this item in the Freeman Bibliographical Database by entering its Identifier here. Darwin, C. R. 1860. The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. New York: D. Appleton. New edition, revised and augmented.


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The unscientific reader who may have perused without thoroughly comprehending, Darwin's much abused work on "The Origin of Species," and that larger class of reader who have only heard of the book in question, will find in the present publication an admirable help to the understanding of Mr. Darwin's somewhat abstruse theory. Prof. Huxley is a firm believer in the bold and original speculations of that writer, and in a series of six lectures to an audience of workingmen in England, undertook to present in the simplest and most popular form the ideas of organic nature advanced in the treatise of Mr. Darwin. The lectures were taken from the speaker's lips by short-hand, and hence have all the clearness, directness and force which belong to the circumstances of their delivery. In this respect the work is of great value. Dealing with the most abstruse and fundamental questions of mind and organization, these subjects are nevertheless presented in so lucid and attractive a manner as to impress vividly the commonest imagination.

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