Biography & Autobiography

Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon

Author: Sandra Knapp

Publisher: Natural History Museum

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 183

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"Written by Museum botanist Dr Sandra Knapp, this compact little book explores Wallace's Amazonian expedition. He spent four years from 1848 - 1852 exploring the Upper Amazon Basin, a vast area of rainforest where few Europeans had ever been before, collecting thousands of specimens. The book describes Wallace's arduous journey, looks at his development as a naturalist and explains how the loss of most of his specimens during his journey home affected his future" --
Fiction

Iquitos 1910

Author: William Bryant

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

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Category: Fiction

Page: 245

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Iquitos 1910 is based on the underground gay classic--Roger Casement's description in his own of his voyage of investigation in the Putumayo region of the Amazon, with related passages on Alfred Russel Wallace who explored the same region in the mid 19th century. Memo Strozzi, aspiring writer and amateur entomologist, travels in the Amazon in search of Casement and Wallace, reaching Iquitos and later Tabatinga in Colombia where he is captured and gang raped by FARC guerrillas. Later, escaping, he makes his way up the Putumayo where he visits the old rubber stations. Iquitos 1910 also contains the Memo's secret diaries, much like Casement's in tone. This is a book of personal exploration, natural history, travel, eroticism and literary fun.
Travel

Travels on the Amazon

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher: DigiCat

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Category: Travel

Page: 372

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Travels on the Amazon presents adventurous chronicles of Alfred Russel Wallace's travels to the Amazon rainforests of Brazil in South America. Inspired by the travelogues of earlier and contemporary traveling naturalists, including Charles Darwin and specifically William Henry Edwards, Wallace was determined to go on an expedition abroad as a naturalist. In 1848, he and Henry Bates left for Brazil. They intended to gather insects and other animal specimens in the Amazon Rainforest for their private collections. They wanted to sell the duplicates to museums and collectors in Britain to fund the trip. Wallace also hoped to gather evidence of the changes in the species. Wallace and Bates spent most of their first year collecting near Belém, then examined inland separately. They sometimes met to discuss their findings. Wallace spent four years analyzing the inhabitants and the languages he encountered, along with the geography, flora, and fauna. After returning to the U.K., he wrote several papers and books about his ventures and findings. This wonderful book is one of his impressive travel books.
Amazon River Valley

A Narrative of Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher: Haskell House Pub Limited

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Category: Amazon River Valley

Page: 363

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An informative travel book by the co-discoverer, with Darwin, of the principle of natural selection. Illus. with maps.
Science

Palm Trees of the Amazon and Their Uses

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher:

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Category: Science

Page: 180

View: 418

This early work by Alfred Russel Wallace was originally published in 1853 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Palm Trees of the Amazon and their Uses' is an article detailing Wallace's observations during his travels in South America. Alfred Russel Wallace was born on 8th January 1823 in the village of Llanbadoc, in Monmouthshire, Wales. Wallace was inspired by the travelling naturalists of the day and decided to begin his exploration career collecting specimens in the Amazon rainforest. He explored the Rio Negra for four years, making notes on the peoples and languages he encountered as well as the geography, flora, and fauna. While travelling, Wallace refined his thoughts about evolution and in 1858 he outlined his theory of natural selection in an article he sent to Charles Darwin. Wallace made a huge contribution to the natural sciences and he will continue to be remembered as one of the key figures in the development of evolutionary theory.
Nature

Infinite Tropics

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher: Verso

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Category: Nature

Page: 460

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Alfred Russel Wallace's reputation has been based on the fact that, at the age of thirty-five and stricken with malaria in the Moluccan Islands, he stumbled independently on the theory of natural selection. Andrew Berry's anthology rescues Wallace's legacy, showing Wallace to be far more than just the co-discoverer of natural selection. Wallace was a brilliant and wide ranging scientist, a passionate social reformer and a gifted writer. The eloquence that has made his The Malay Archipelago a classic of travel writing is a prominent feature too of his extraordinary forward-thinking writing on socialism, imperialism and pacifism. Wallace's opinions on women's suffrage, on land reform, on the roles of church and aristocracy in a parliamentary democracy, on publicly funded education—to name a few of the issues he addressed—remain as fresh and as topical today as they were when they were written.
Nature

On the Habits of the Butterflies of the Amazon Valley

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

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Category: Nature

Page: 26

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This early work by Alfred Russel Wallace was originally published in 1853 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'On the Habits of the Butterflies of the Amazon Valley' is a short article that details some of Wallace's entomological observations he noted during his four year exploration of the Amazon. Alfred Russel Wallace was born on 8th January 1823 in the village of Llanbadoc, in Monmouthshire, Wales. Wallace was inspired by the travelling naturalists of the day and decided to begin his exploration career collecting specimens in the Amazon rainforest. He explored the Rio Negra for four years, making notes on the peoples and languages he encountered as well as the geography, flora, and fauna. While travelling, Wallace refined his thoughts about evolution and in 1858 he outlined his theory of natural selection in an article he sent to Charles Darwin. Wallace made a huge contribution to the natural sciences and he will continue to be remembered as one of the key figures in the development of evolutionary theory.
Biography & Autobiography

Alfred Russel Wallace

Author: Peter Raby

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

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In 1858, Alfred Russel Wallace, aged thirty-five, weak with malaria, isolated in the Spice Islands, wrote to Charles Darwin: he had, he said excitedly, worked out a theory of natural selection. Darwin was aghast--his work of decades was about to be scooped. Within two weeks, his outline and Wallace's paper were presented jointly in London. A year later, with Wallace still on the opposite side of the globe, Darwin published On the Origin of Species. This new biography of Wallace traces the development of one of the most remarkable scientific travelers, naturalists, and thinkers of the nineteenth century. With vigor and sensitivity, Peter Raby reveals his subject as a courageous, unconventional explorer and a man of exceptional humanity. He draws more extensively on Wallace's correspondence than has any previous biographer and offers a revealing yet balanced account of the relationship between Wallace and Darwin. Wallace lacked Darwin's advantages. A largely self-educated native of Wales, he spent four years in the Amazon in his mid-twenties collecting specimens for museums and wealthy patrons, only to lose his finds in a shipboard fire in the mid-Atlantic. He vowed never to travel again. Yet two years later he was off to the East Indies on a vast eight-year trek; here he discovered countless species and identified the point of divide between Asian and Australian fauna, 'Wallace's Line.' After his return, he plunged into numerous controversies and published regularly until his death at the age of ninety, in 1913. He penned a classic volume on his travels, founded the discipline of biogeography, promoted natural selection, and produced a distinctive account of mind and consciousness in man. Sensitive and self-effacing, he was an ardent socialist--and spiritualist. Wallace is one of the neglected giants of the history of science and ideas. This stirring biography--the first for many years--puts him back at center stage, where he belongs.