Erasmus Darwin

Standard Name: Darwin, Erasmus,, 1731 - 1802
Used Form: Erasmus Darwin


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Education Eleanor Anne Porden
By the age of nine or ten EAP was attending science lectures given by Sir Humphry Davy and others at the Royal Institution in London. One commentator, Desmond King-Hele , argues that she gathered...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Robinson
MR 's daughter grew up to be a writer, and to publish two books under her own name as well as revising and editing work by MR . Hers are the gothic, epistolary Minerva novel...
Family and Intimate relationships Charles Darwin
His paternal grandfather was the scientist and poet Erasmus Darwin .
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Seward
At least in her mature years, AS had a low opinion of marriage, though there were various stories of her nearly marrying (or wishing to marry) various men beginning with Erasmus Darwin , then her...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Pipe Wolferstan
Samuel Pipe Wolferstan"s friends included Erasmus Darwin , Anna Seward , Thomas Gisborne , and the novelist Robert Bage . Of EPW 's own friends, Mary Gresley was seriously pursued by her husband before he married Elizabeth.
Wolferstan, Elizabeth Pipe. “Preface”. Agatha, edited by John Goss.
Friends, Associates Anna Seward
Nine years later her meeting with the provincial literary hostess Anne, Lady Miller , marked the beginning of a wide and deep acquaintance with the literary world beyond Lichfield.
Ashmun, Margaret. The Singing Swan. Yale University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press.
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She was on terms...
Friends, Associates Frances Jacson
The Jacson sisters became acquainted with the literary circle in Lichfield which also included Erasmus Darwin , Anna Seward , and Thomas Day , as well as their cousin Sir Brooke Boothby , who probably introduced them there.
Shteir, Ann B. “Botanical Dialogues: Maria Jacson and Women’s Popular Science Writing in England”. Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 301-17.
Friends, Associates Maria Elizabetha Jacson
Probably through their cousin Sir Brooke Boothby , the Jacson sisters became acquainted with an intellectually-minded group of people of both sexes based in Lichfield: Erasmus Darwin as well as Anna Seward and Thomas Day
Health Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
She had for years been subject to migraines after which she would be troubled by her eyes. She now suffered extreme pain, was kept in the dark for months, and was left with an eye...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Seward
With this work appeared AS 's Ode to the Sun. Richard Lovell Edgeworth later categorically alleged that the best passages in the elegy were in fact written by Erasmus Darwin , and this story...
Intertextuality and Influence Maria Elizabetha Jacson
This book appeared, like her next, as by a Lady; the British Library copy (filmed for Eighteenth Century Collections Online) has a manuscript note identifying the author on the printed testimony of Erasmus...
Intertextuality and Influence Charlotte Smith
The poem on the goddess Flora, with which CS prefaces this book, is clearly a response to Erasmus Darwin 's Botanic Garden, 1789-91, which she called one of her favourite books. But the little...
Intertextuality and Influence Maria Elizabetha Jacson
Apparently finding an adult instead of a juvenile readership something of a liberation, she designed this book specifically as an introduction to the English translation of The System of Vegetables by Linnaeus , published in...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Moody
The volume opens with an anti-war poem (as well as reprinting Anna's Complaint and The Temptation) and includes several pieces on deaths: of family members, of a baby, of Edward Lovibond , of Horace Walpole
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Arabella Rowden
She dedicated the work to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (aunt of her pupil Lady Caroline Lamb ), who blooms the sweetest flow'r in Britain's isle.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Poetical Introduction to the Study of Botany. T. Bensley.
She explained its genesis in an advertisement (dated 23 May...


1765: The Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group...

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The Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group of half a dozen men with interests in experimental science, began to meet regularly.

1770: The Lichfield Circle began to develop at...

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The Lichfield Circle began to develop at Lichfield in Staffordshire; the group advocated reform of women's education away from time-filling accomplishments such as japanning and toward intellectual learning.

1780: James Watt (building on Erasmus Darwin's...

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James Watt (building on Erasmus Darwin 's production two years earlier of a mechanically copied letter) marketed a copier for documents which enabled him to make multiple copies of contracts.

1789: Erasmus Darwin published The Loves of the...

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Erasmus Darwin published The Loves of the Plants, as the second part of his scientificpoemThe Botanic Garden.

1797: Erasmus Darwin's A Plan for the Conduct of...

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Erasmus Darwin 's A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education in Boarding Schools was published.


Darwin, Erasmus. A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education, in Boarding Schools. J. Johnson, 1797.