[ASC-list] Book launch: A Natural Calling by Professor Tony Larkum

Carla Avolio carlaavolio at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 04:44:17 UTC 2009

*Book launch: A Natural Calling by Professor Tony Larkum
Come to the launch of the fascinating new book* A Natural Calling: Life,
Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin Fox,* by Professor
Tony Larkum from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of

The book provides new factual material on Charles Darwin, following many
years of research into Darwin's relationship to his cousin William Darwin
Fox. It is a biographical and historical account of the letters exchanged by
these two men and the diaries of William Darwin Fox have never been accessed

The relationship between Darwin and Fox has been acknowledged as a major
biographical source on Darwin. Here the life of Fox is carefully pieced
together and compared and contrasted with that of Darwin. Since Darwin and
Fox were undergraduates together at Christ's College, Cambridge, and
corresponded with each other for the rest of their lives, dying within two
years of each other, the diaries allow us a vivid insight into the unique
relationship of these two naturalists and family friends.

Both were studying to be clergymen of the Church of England, when Darwin was
offered a place on The Beagle. Thereafter their lives diverged, as Fox
became the country parson that Darwin might have been. Never the less, Fox
supplied many facts to Darwin, which were used in the Origin of Species and
later books.

At the launch, hear Professor Larkum speak about his book, followed by
readings of some of the letters in the book by professional actors, over
drinks and nibbles.* RSVP is essential for catering purposes*.

*Date:* Friday 9 October 2009
*Time:* 4:30pm - 7.00pm
*Location:* Macleay Museum, University of Sydney
*Cost:* Free
*Contact:* Carla Avolio
*Phone:* 02 9351 4543
*Email:** carla.avolio at bio.usyd.edu.au
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