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As if for the First Time

James Sheehan: Alexander von Humboldt, 17 March 2016

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science 
by Andrea Wulf.
John Murray, 473 pp., £25, October 2015, 978 1 84854 898 5
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... This assessment of Alexander von Humboldt by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, which Andrea Wulf quotes in her fine new biography, may be a slight exaggeration, but it reflects Humboldt’s extraordinary reputation among his contemporaries. On the centennial of his birth, 14 September 1869, elaborate celebrations were held all over the ...

Blues of Many Skies

Joyce Chaplin: Alexander von Humboldt, 21 February 2019

Selected Writings 
by Alexander Von Humboldt, edited by Andrea Wulf.
Everyman, 840 pp., £15, November 2018, 978 1 84159 387 6
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... was said to be second in fame only to Napoleon Bonaparte. For this new edition of his works, Andrea Wulf has condensed the work of one of the most prolific non-fiction writers of the early 19th century into 792 pages of text – the only one-volume selection in English. On the dustjacket, a detail from a portrait of 1843 shows Humboldt holding a ...

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