Naturalist in the River
The Life and Early Writings of Alfred Russel Wallace
About the Book
Naturalist in the River: The Life and Early Writings of Alfred Russel Wallace is the story of the great naturalist from his beginnings on the Amazon in 1848 to the end of his work in the Malay Archipelago in 1862. The biography includes key articles by Wallace concerning exploration and biological theory, as well as the major 1855 article on species formation and the 1858 paper that led to the joint announcement, with Charles Darwin, of the theory of evolution through natural selection. The final parts look forward to Wallace's major contributions to mimicry and biogeography.
About the Author
William Bryant was born in California and has worked in the Middle East since before the Gulf War, including a stint with the Saudi Navy and various jobs in the oil industry. He has written Casement, a biography commissioned by Barney Rosset, and Ross, a novel based on the later T. E. Lawrence, parts of which appeared in Evergreen Review.