In Banquet at Delmonicoas, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwinas 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 Spenceras honor at the venerable New York restaurant Delmonicoas in 1882. In this thought-provoking and nuanced account, Werth firmly situates social Darwinism in the context of the Gilded Age. Banquet at Delmonicoas 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 Americaaeven 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|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2011-04-01|