A sterling set of essays that lifts the lid on T. H. Huxley s propagandist network in the Victorian afternoon. Out goes the old paradigm of a monolithic group of professionalizers; in its place we have a probing study of disparate characters, for whom nature was the new source of cultural authority. The authors enhance our understanding of scientific naturalism as it was pushed into the curriculum, into pulpit-replacing Sunday lectures, and even into the moral bedrock. --Adrian Desmond, coauthor of Darwin s Sacred Cause"
About the Author
Gowan Dawson is a senior lecturer in Victorian studies at the University of Leicester, UK, and the author of Darwin, Literature, and Victorian Respectability. He lives in Leicester. Bernard Lightman is professor of humanities at York University in Toronto and the author or editor of numerous books, including Victorian Popularizers of Science, also published by the University of Chicago Press. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario.