The “Origin of Species”
The period of the letters in this chapter, early 1856 to mid 1860, covers not only a most significant period in the lives of Charles Darwin and his cousin William Fox but a watershed in the history of science and the effect of Darwin’s ideas on society as a whole. The period sees a burgeoning of the correspondence between Darwin and Fox, which mirrors the increase in Darwin’s correspondence in general. This can be gauged easily by reference to the publications of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin (CCD). While there are only 5 volumes covering the period up to 1855, the series expands rapidly until after 1860, there is approximately one volume a year.
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