This stands the standard historiography and received wisdom concerning the development of modern evolutionary theory on its head.
It is certainly startling to see the N-word cropping up in Darwin’s letters, but this is not the only place.
Surely the “iconic” status of Darwin’s book could never have been predicted by either the author or his publisher.
We can add Andrew Berry to the list of those quick to praise Alfred Wallace on certain matters but equally quick to condemn him on others.
Many remember David Hume as a pioneering freethinker who saw through the superstition and sectarian dogmatism of religion.