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Deep Things out of DarknessA History of Natural History$
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John G. T. Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273764

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273764.001.0001

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. Naturalists in New England

. Naturalists in New England

Thoreau, Agassiz, and Gray

(p.208) FOURTEEN . Naturalists in New England
Deep Things out of Darkness

John G. T. Anderson

University of California Press

In which we examine the beginnings of the decline of natural history and the rise of nature writing or environmental literature. Thoreau’s role as an iconic figure in literature is examined as are his studies in natural history. These are presented against the backdrop of the long-running feud between the zoologist Louis Agassiz and the botanist Asa Gray and their struggles to control the direction of science in the United States.

Keywords:   Henry David Thoreau, Louis Agassiz, Asa Gray, Museum of Comparative Zoology, succession, Lazzaroni, Academy of Sciences, Smithsonian, Ice Ages

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