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Alfred Russel Wallace:
A Life
Peter Raby

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"A well-researched, graceful biography."--New York Times Book Review

"A revealing look at a humble hero of science."--Library Journal

"An engaging account of Wallace's long, eventful, and extraordinarily productive life."--Richard Milner, Natural History

"This authoritative biography is an excellent and inspiring read."--Hannah Atkins, New Scientist

"Raby makes the latter part of Wallace's life as interesting as his years in the bush and cultivates in the reader a great affection for the man and his intellectual and physical energy."--National Geographic Adventure

"Whatever the cause, Wallace has emerged from the shadows and is taking his rightful place in the history of science. Relying heavily on Wallace's published works, Raby's sympathetic, highly conventional biography relates the naturalist's life from start to finish."--Edward J. Larson, Washington Post Book World

"This book provides an excellent way to understand more about one of the key figures [in the history of biology]. . . If even for a moment, Peter Raby is able to allow Alfred Russel Wallace to step out from the shadow of Darwin."--Frank T. Kuserk, Ecology

"Readable, modestly priced, and rich in fascinating observational, personal, and family anecdotes. . . . In his dynamicism, drive, and persistence in the field, Alfred Russel Wallace was remarkable."--Allen Keast, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"An attractive popular introduction to Wallace as a person, set in the context of his life and times."--Sarah Watkinson, Times Literary Supplement

"A well-researched and graceful biography."--New York Times Book Review


"This delightfully written biography is a real find. The subject is timely, and the author brings a lively sensibility and sympathy to Wallace's situation in the evolutionary story without falling prey to over-sensationalist hysteria. Wallace had a marvelously interesting life and deserves the extensive treatment that he has been given here. The chapters concerning Wallace's travels simultaneously convey the intensity of the experience and the achievements and dangers. Further, he treats the Victorian context with a light and sure touch."--Janet Browne, author of Voyaging, a biography of Charles Darwin

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