The Zoo

The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo

Author: Isobel Charman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241975077

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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How one man's mad mission became one of the best-loved places in the world The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe. It is the story of a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of a swirling city, and of incredible characters, both human and animal - from Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin to Jenny the orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. Against a background of global Empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this is a new history of a new world.

The Invention of the Modern Dog

Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain

Author: Michael Worboys,Julie-Marie Strange,Neil Pemberton

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 1421426587

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Connecting the emergence and development of certain dog breeds to both scientific understandings of race and blood as well as Britain’s posture in a global empire, The Invention of the Modern Dog demonstrates that studying dog breeding cultures allows historians to better understand the complex social relationships of late-nineteenth-century Britain.

Inventing Edward Lear

Author: Sara Lodge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0674971159

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

View: 5652


Edward Lear--the father of nonsense--wrote some of the best-loved poems in English. He was also admired as a naturalist, landscape painter, travel writer, and composer. Awkward but funny, absurdly sympathetic, Lear invented himself as a Victorian character. Sara Lodge offers a moving account of one of the era's most influential creative figures.