Banquet at Delmonico's

Banquet at Delmonico's

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In Banquet at Delmonicoa€™s, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwina€™s controversial ideas to post-Civil-War America. Each chapter is dedicated to a crucial intellectual encounter, culminating with an exclusive farewell dinner held in English philosopher Herbert Spencera€™s honor at the venerable New York restaurant Delmonicoa€™s in 1882. In this thought-provoking and nuanced account, Werth firmly situates social Darwinism in the context of the Gilded Age. Banquet at Delmonicoa€™s is social history at its finest.ven after he was ousted as the premier naturalist of his age and the most celebrated man of science in Americaa€”even as he suffered, at age sixty-two, a cerebral hemorrhage that first paralyzed him, then re- quired him to take to his bed foranbsp;...

Title:Banquet at Delmonico's
Author: Barry Werth
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2011-04-01

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