1908. The autobiography of Wallace, an English naturalist,
evolutionist, geographer, anthropologist, and social critic and
theorist, who spent many years in the Malay Archipelago. On the
basis of his observations of its flora and fauna he arrived at the
theory of natural selection independent of Darwin; learning of
their co-discovery led them to publish it in a joint paper. Early
on he came into contact with supporters of the utopian socialist
Robert Owen. In My Life he recollects that he even once heard Owen
himself speak; from that point on he would describe himself in
disciple terms. Two of his other essays from this early period are
discussed in My Life. In the decade that followed, Wallace
published over 150 works, including essays, letters, reviews, book
notices, and monographs. His scientific writings would focus on
natural selection, geographical distribution, and glaciology, and
include three classic books: The Geographical Distribution of
Animals, Tropical Nature, and Other Essays, and Island Life.
Darwinism, while perhaps the highpoint of his later scientific
work, was nevertheless only a very small part of it. Although
social studies were absorbing more and more of his attention
throughout the 1880s and 1890s, he was still left with plenty of
time to crank out a steady stream of writings on more scientific
subjects. During the 1890s alone he again published a total of over
150 works, dozens of these dealing with evolutionary,
biogeographic, and physical geography subjects. In his later years
he became a Spiritualist. See other titles by this author available
from Kessinger Publishing.
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