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By Ralph O'Connor

ISBN-10: 022610320X

ISBN-13: 9780226103204

ISBN-10: 0226616681

ISBN-13: 9780226616681

At the flip of the 19th century, geology—and its claims that the earth had an extended and colourful prehuman history—was greatly dismissedasdangerous nonsense. yet simply fifty years later, it was once the main celebrated of Victorian sciences. Ralph O’Connor tracks the outstanding progress of geology’s status in Britain, exploring how a brand new geohistory way more pleasing than the traditional six days of production was once assembled and bought to the broader Bible-reading public.

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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