Nice try, Desmond and Moore. But criticizing Darwinian evolution does not make one a racist. The real Darwin is a far more ambiguous and conflicted figure.
Wordsworth gave rise not just to a minority group of high-culture admirers but to a popular revolution in ordinary people’s thinking.
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.