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Into Apathy

Neil McKendrick

21 August 1980
The Wedgwood Circle, 1730-1897 
by Barbara Wedgwood and Hensleigh Wedgwood.
Studio Vista, 386 pp., £9.95, May 1980, 0 289 70892 3
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... whom they marry, the type continues and has been much the same for three hundred years.’ The Wedgwood Circle might be expected to provide equal cause for genetic self-satisfaction on the Wedgwoods’ part. For the Wedgwood story is inevitably the story of the Darwin family, so often ...

Happy Bunnies

John Pemble: Cousin Marriage

25 February 2010
Incest and Influence: The Private Life of Bourgeois England 
by Adam Kuper.
Harvard, 296 pp., £20.95, November 2009, 978 0 674 03589 8
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... public service and intellectual and ecclesiastical life – the Frys, Arnolds, Huxleys, Darwins, Wedgwoods, Thackerays, Vaughans, Stanleys, Macaulays, Trevelyans, Stephens, Duckworths, Symondses and so on – were woven by marriage into networks comparable to the political ‘connections’ that had governed 18th-century Britain. Annan wrote as an ...

Visitors! Danger!

Lorraine Daston: Charles Darwin

8 May 2003
Charles Darwin. Vol. II: The Power of Place 
by Janet Browne.
Cape, 591 pp., £25, November 2002, 0 224 04212 2
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... from right,’ Browne goes on to point out that however sincerely and vehemently the Darwins and Wedgwoods opposed slavery, their family fortunes depended on the exploitation of labour under conditions that would not have stood up to close moral scrutiny. Browne has a sharp eye for Darwin’s convenient self-deceptions and faits accomplis; how, for ...

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