By Ralph O'Connor
Shrewd science-writers, O’Connor exhibits, advertised impressive visions of earlier worlds, piquing the general public mind's eye with glimpses of man-eating mammoths, conversing dinosaurs, and sea-dragons spawned via devil himself. those authors—including males of technological know-how, girls, monks, biblical literalists, hack writers, blackmailers, and prophets—borrowed freely from the Bible, sleek poetry, and the city leisure undefined, growing new varieties of literature in an effort to shipping their readers right into a vanished and alien past.
In exploring using poetry and spectacle within the promoting of well known technological know-how, O’Connor proves that geology’s luck owed a lot to the literary suggestions of its authors. An leading edge combination of the historical past of technological know-how, literary feedback, e-book historical past, and visible tradition, The Earth on Show rethinks the connection among technology and literature within the 19th century.
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The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856 by Ralph O'Connor