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The Kentish Hog

Adrian Desmond, 15 October 1987

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin. Vol. II: 1837-1843 
edited by Frederick Burkhardt and Sydney Smith.
Cambridge, 603 pp., £30, March 1987, 0 521 25588 0
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The Works of Charles Darwin 
edited by Paul Barrett and R.B. Freeman.
Pickering & Chatto, 10 pp., £470, March 1987, 1 85196 002 3
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The Darwinian Heritage 
edited by David Kohn.
Princeton, 1138 pp., £67.90, February 1986, 0 691 08356 8
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Western Science in the Arab World: The Impact of Darwinism, 1860-1930 
by Adel Ziadat.
Macmillan, 162 pp., £27.50, October 1986, 0 333 41856 5
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Theories of Human Evolution: A Century of Debate 1844-1944 
by Peter Bowler.
Blackwell, 318 pp., £25, February 1987, 0 631 15264 4
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Controversy in Victorian Geology: The Cambrian-Silurian Dispute 
by James Secord.
Princeton, 363 pp., £33.10, October 1986, 0 691 08417 3
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Darwin’s Metaphor: Nature’s Place in Victorian Culture 
by Robert Young.
Cambridge, 341 pp., £30, October 1985, 0 521 31742 8
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... of the Beagle voyage. A retrenching Whig ministry was persuaded to put up £1000, allowing the young Darwin to dispense his own patronage. He parcelled out his Beagle specimens to white-collar naturalists: to zoological craftsmen like John Gould (who reciprocated by christening a new rhea darwinii after him). Darwin modelled his Zoology on Humboldt’s ...

Best Remain Seated

Jeremy Harding: Travel guides, 1 January 1998

by Hugh Finlay and Geoff Crowther.
Lonely Planet, 376 pp., £11.99, April 1997, 0 86442 460 4
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by Robert Pelton Young.
Fielding, 632 pp., £13.95, December 1995, 1 56952 026 7
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Asia's Top Dive Sites 
edited by Fiona Nichols and Michael Stachels.
Fielding, 228 pp., £13.95, December 1996, 1 56952 129 8
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South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland 
by Jon Murray et al.
Lonely Planet, 658 pp., £13.99, January 1998, 0 86442 508 2
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Southern Africa 
by Richard Cox.
Thornton Cox, 474 pp., £11.95, July 1995, 0 7818 0388 8
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The World's Most Dangerous Places 
by Robert Pelton Young.
Fielding, 1048 pp., £13.95, December 1997, 1 56952 104 2
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South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland 
by Barbara McCrea et al.
Rough Guides, 697 pp., £12.99, October 1997, 1 85828 238 1
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The Good Honeymoon Guide 
by Lucy Horne.
Trailblazer, 320 pp., £11.95, March 1997, 1 873756 12 7
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Amnesty International Report 1997 
Amnesty International, 378 pp., £18, June 1997, 0 86210 267 7Show More
by Barnaby Rogerson.
Cadogan, 596 pp., £12.99, December 1997, 1 86011 043 6
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... guides, danger and discomfort are paramount. Borneo, written by the imprint’s publisher, Robert Pelton Young, describes itself as one of ‘a series of guides on remote regions for adventurers by adventurers’ and begins with a taste of what may lie in store for the user: I am squatting in a small clearing at ...

Robert Fergusson Night

Les Murray, 4 January 2001

... slept with. I know for you this wasn’t an issue. Madness made a white man of you disastrously young. You stayed alive just long enough to revive from Scottish models and kings such medieval things as documentary verse-television and writing in Scots for the brain. In that, you set the great precedent for every vernacular and variant the world-reach of ...
... There seem to have been several Oliver Norths. There was Oliver North the Patriot, whom Robert McFarlane would describe as ‘an imaginative, aggressive, committed young officer’, Ronald Reagan’s personally approved ‘hero’. There was Oliver North the Man of God, the born-again Christian from the charismatic Episcopal Church of the Apostles who believed that the Lord had healed his wounds and who – in the words of one former associate at the National Security Council – ‘thought he was doing God’s work at the NSC ...

On Robert Silvers

Andrew O’Hagan: Remembering Robert Silvers, 20 April 2017

... When​ I was young it was possible to feel you’d made it as a writer simply by getting a phone call from one of four editors. When it came to ambition, very few of the writers I knew really gave a fuck about being in Who’s Who, being named an honorary fellow or having one of the queen’s gongs, or a million quid advance ...

Young Wystan

Ian Hamilton, 8 September 1994

Juvenilia: Poems 1922-28 
by W.H. Auden, edited by Katherine Bucknell.
Faber, 263 pp., £25, July 1994, 0 571 17140 0
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... persona of his later years – the early nights, the carpet slippers, and so on. Old when young and young when old: the ageing of our most-wrinkled-ever poet has always seemed a somewhat mysterious process. Most people who knew Auden when he really was ‘the youngest person present’ were struck by his air of ...

Little Dog

Alan Milward, 5 January 1989

Munich: The Eleventh Hour 
by Robert Kee.
Hamish Hamilton, 242 pp., £14.95, September 1988, 0 241 12537 5
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Peace for Our Time 
by Robert Rothschild.
Brassey, 366 pp., £16.95, September 1988, 0 08 036264 8
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A Class Divided: Appeasement and the Road to Munich 1938 
by Robert Shepherd.
Macmillan, 323 pp., £16.95, September 1998, 0 333 46080 4
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... was subsequently driven off the centre pages by Kristallnacht and the Jewish pogroms in Germany. Robert Kee’s book has its origins in his commemorative TV documentary and the book by Robert Shepherd, producer of Channel 4’s A Week in Politics, reads like the script of another documentary. ...

Two Poems

Robert Crawford, 23 September 2010

... bushel, come, O come Now to my achy-breaky heart, the one Still unattacked, unmurmuring, forever ...

Like the Feeling of Butcher’s Paper

Robert VanderMolen, 13 May 2010

... the rocks half-buried That once were so forceful, Where the stream entered, then faltered, Like a young man approaching decisions Of what he could do without too much trouble After an athletic career that didn’t go far. Too bad Amy was so fat. Yet her words always calmed him, Made him as introspective As was possible then, or ever. As the evening was ...

Some Names for Robert Lowell

Karl Miller, 19 May 1983

Robert Lowell: A Biography 
by Ian Hamilton.
Faber, 527 pp., £12.50, May 1983, 0 571 13045 3
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... Robert Lowell is not difficult to represent as the mad poet and justified sinner of the Romantic heritage. He is the dual personality who breaks the rules, kicks over the traces: he did this in the course of a series of manic highs which came and went from maturity, if not before, until the end of his life in 1977 at the age of 60 ...
... far from being the preferred thoughts of their white rulers. Africans, particularly those who are young and underemployed or unemployed, are alienated from the state, from their more moderate leaders, and from any institutional constraints on the immediate attaining of freedom. Although they may now only be climbing the Potemkin steps, after a year of ...

Two Poems

Robert VanderMolen, 21 June 2001

... drawer A leeking vial of something Like lubricant Associations How our mothers appeared When young, a wonderment The dressings of time, Unscrolling bark of birch And what was invented For our protection, kicking A curb after church, a pearly Sky * This hero needs discipline Or no one will love him Do I need so many critics? Where’s the distance The ...


Robert Crawford, 24 January 2008

... and bathyscaphing I’ve lots of piercings I love liquefied oxygen My parents think I’m too young to be a field marshal I love chatrooms Want to chat with me? Don’t you think logarithms are really depraved? I love chatting with other teenage girls I love power tools and petrol-driven saws I’ve just been skinny-dipping Hi I love chatrooms My ...

Two Poems

Robert Crawford, 17 February 2011

... aa Yon nichtingales o yourn Still soun Lik they sounded Then When we set oot An sat oot, Twa young men. Daith taks the lot, They sey, But, ach, Thae sangs He’s nivver Gonnae get. Mick Imlah Than Orpheus befor Pluto sat doune, And in his handis quhyte his harp can ta …            Henryson, ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ The day you ...

Two Poems

Robert VanderMolen, 7 October 2004

... where the streets end, Ducks gliding, fish nipping the surface. The water moils. Everyone was once Young and lonely as well, when hairstyles Were different. Too many miles on him, The woman remarks, in the soda fountain Off the short deck above water, insects Spinning the hanging bulbs. He’s not That old, says her friend. My point exactly, She ...

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