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Darwin"s plots evolutionary narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and nineteenth-century fiction by Gillian Beer

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Published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in London, Boston .
Written in English



  • Great Britain


  • Eliot, George, 1819-1880 -- Knowledge -- Natural history,
  • Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 -- Knowledge -- Natural history,
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Influence,
  • English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism,
  • Evolution (Biology) in literature,
  • Literature and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century,
  • Evolution in literature,
  • Nature in literature,
  • Narration (Rhetoric)

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementGillian Beer.
LC ClassificationsPR878.E95 B43 1983
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 303 p., [1] leaf of plates :
Number of Pages303
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3161339M
ISBN 100710095058
LC Control Number83003103

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