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Darwin By Ruth Padel

Darwin
by Ruth Padel

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Includes poems that use multiple viewpoints - from Darwin himself, to his beloved wife Emma, and even, at one point, the orangutang at London Zoo - and illuminates the development of Darwin's thought, the drama of the discovery of evolution, and the fluctuating emotions of Darwin the husband, and the naturalist and the tender father.
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Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel

In these extraordinary poems, using multiple viewpoints - from Darwin himself, to his beloved wife Emma, and even, at one point, the orangutang at London Zoo - Ruth Padel illuminates the development of Darwin's thought, the drama of the discovery of evolution, and the fluctuating emotions of Darwin the husband, the naturalist and the tender father, in a powerful tribute to her famous ancestor. Shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Poetry Award.

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Darwin Reviews


"Exquisite, precise and moving poems... Once I started reading I could not put it down until I had reached the end, and then I turned back for the pleasure of reading again" -- Claire Tomalin
"A fascinating, very rich book... With sympathy and grace, Padel moves deftly between between science, love and family; between the vast processes of evolution and a personal life" -- Sean O'Brien
"Daring and exciting, brilliant and subtle, stunning and deeply impressive... a lesson to biographers and poets alike" -- Colm Toibin
"Ambitious... shows her extraordinary talent" * Observer *
"Moments of Darwin's life captured with an economy and fluency that prosaic biographers might envy" * Spectator *

About Ruth Padel


Ruth Padel is a prizewinning poet, Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Zoological Society of London, and first Resident Writer at Somerset House, London. Her collections include Rembrandt Would Have Loved You, Voodoo Shop and The Soho Leopard, all shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and more recently Darwin: A Life in Poems, shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Highly acclaimed for her nature writing in a book about conservation, Tigers in Red Weather, and her novel, Where the Serpent Lives, she has also published books on contemporary poetry, including 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem and The Poem and the Journey. In 2014, Ruth Padel is the first Writer in Residence at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and is recording her experiences in her blog at http://www.ruthpadel.com/blog/.

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GOR004834009
Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel
Ruth Padel
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2010-05-06
160
0099547058
9780099547051
N/A
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