Editor's Summary

26 January 2006

Austen maestro

Pride and Prejudice was published 46 years before On the Origin of the Species. But that doesn't stop Literary Darwinists hailing it as a prime example of their thesis in action. Darwin's literary disciples argue that this and other great works are best understood if the underlying biology of human nature is fully explored. But, we ask, isn't there more to Lizzie and Darcy than their reproductive success?

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