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Reflections: The Uses of Place: Darwin and Melville on the Galapagos

L. D. Gottlieb
BioScience
Vol. 25, No. 3 (Mar., 1975), pp. 172-175
DOI: 10.2307/1296936
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1296936
Page Count: 4
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Reflections: The Uses of Place: Darwin and Melville on the Galapagos
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Abstract

Darwin's chapter on the Galapagos Islands in The Voyage of the Beagle documents the original discoveries that led to his theory of evolution by natural selection. Melville visited the islands a few years later and used them as the setting of a short story, The Encantadas. The works are analyzed to illustrate how the different sensitivities and points of view of the scientist and the writer lead to different results.

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